Central Otago Pinot Noir is growing every year closer to ‘Pinot Perfection’, and so does our Hawkshead 2020 Pinot.
In the glass, it sparkles like liquid ruby, the nose picks up, enticing red berries and plum aromatics, with escaping nuances of wild herbs and sweet spice. Fresh, ripe Raspberry and Morello Cherry notes can be found on the palate, and fine tannins, brightened by youthful acidity, make this an expressive wine of outstanding purity. A proud expression of its place; Central Otago.
This is a modern Pinot Noir for drinking young but with the potential to be explored in ten years time by the patient connoisseur. So here is the perfect opportunity to start a cellar, hide a few bottles, store them in the ideal condition, and you will be in for a journey of discovery.
Cameron Douglas, Mindfood Magazine
July 2021 Edition
This pinot noir has a ripe, plump fleshy textured core of dark red berries led by fresh raspberry and cherry. There’s a tease of new oak with five-spice and clove. You’ll also find a savoury rugged Otago hillside layer adding complexity and mouthfeel. It has fine tannins and elevated acidity, fresh youthful, fine and complex.
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
19/20pts, (95pts) Gold Medal - Perfect to Outstanding
Deep ruby-red with a black core, moderate transparency, slightly lighter edged. The nose is softly full, with deep aromas of forest floor, entwined with wild thyme built on cherries, blackberries and mushroom, barrel spices unfold.
Medium-full bodied, cherries and blackberries have a bright core, enriched by wild thyme, forest floor and mushroom savouriness, unveiling black pepper and nutmeg spices lend a long finish. The mouthfeel is silky; fine-grained tannin extraction provides a light grip, smooth flowing, lacy acidity harmonised the savoury elements.
This is a harmonious Pinot Noir with elegance, strength and savoury features. Match with roasted duck and pork roast over the next 5-7 years. Fruit sourced from Gibbston 40%, Alexandra 60%. Handpicked, fermented with 30% whole bunch to 13% alc, post-ferment maceration for 26 days, aged in French oak barriques for 10 months, 15% new oak.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95/100pts - Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type.
Beautifully ripe and fragrant with dark cherry, warm spice, thyme and roasted nut characters, it's succulent and supple on the palate delivering excellent weight and persistency. Silky and fleshy with gorgeous complexity, making it highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2030.
Michael Cooper, Wine Reviews
The 2020 vintage was hand-harvested and matured for 10 months in French oak barrels (15 per cent new). Drinking well in its youth, it is ruby-hued, mouth-filling, generous and supple, with cherryish, spicy flavours, a hint of herbs, fresh acidity, and very good depth, complexity and harmony.
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Sub-Region: Gibbston 40% & Alexandra 60%
Colour: Deep translucent Ruby
Purity is the trademark for the 2020 Hawkshead ‘Central Otago’ Pinot Noir. Experienced through a graceful slender palate, incisive freshness and insistent aromatics. Blackberry and Doris plum aromatics escape from the glass, only to augment concentration on the palate with alluring wild herb and sweet spice nuances.
This is a medium-bodied wine. Abundant ripe fruit is set against a frame of fine-grained tannins and youthful acidity. The wine has excellent balance and structure. A modern Pinot Noir for drinking young but also with the potential to be explored in 10 years.
Wine Maker: Dean Shaw