The Pinnacles of Pinot


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Scale our ‘Pinnacle of Pinot’ and relish the rewards. This selection is an ode to the noble Pinot variety. Exploring this diverse family of grape varieties is like a mountain hike, a mix of adventure & discovery. To climb a single mountain is a grand feat, but the real journey always begins when you traverse the range. Now you know what we love doing when not making wine...

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12 bottle case includes:

3 x Hawkshead First Vines Pinot Noir 2013 (Library Release)
3 x Hawkshead Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 (New Release)
3 x Hawkshead Pinot Noir Rosé 
3 x Hawkshead Pinot Blanc 2021 (New Release)

Reviews for First Vines Pinot Noir 2013

5 stars
First Vines Pinot Noir 2013
Raymond Chan, Wine Reviews
18.5/20pts, Gold Medal, Perfect to Outstanding

Dark ruby-red colour with garnet hues on the rim. The bouquet is elegantly presented with aromas of dark red berry fruits, thyme herbs and complex, fragrant whole bunch stalk and dried herb layers that unfold in volume, and build in intensity. Medium-bodied, the flavours of dark red berry fruits and complex fresh herbs, savoury whole bunch stalk elements and dried thyme herb notes are intense and penetrating, forming a fine, firm core. The palate features fine-grained tannin structure with linearity, and brisk, refreshing acidity providing energy and drive. The wine carries to a lively, juicy, long lingering finish of dark berry fruits and dark herbs. This is an elegant and intensely flavoured Pinot Noir with lively mouthfeel and complex flavours of dark red fruits entwined with complex savoury herb notes. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game dishes over the next 5-6 years. Predominantly clone 115 with clones 5 and 6, the oldest vines from the ‘Hawkshead’ vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented with 33% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 30% new French oak. Jan 2016.

Reviews for Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020

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.  

Reviews for Pinot Blanc 2021

Our 2021 Pinot Blanc has just been released and awaiting feedback from our trusted tasting panel- but in the meantime here are our 2020 Hawkshead Pinot Blanc Reviews.....

5 stars
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
94/100pts,  Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type

This is a gorgeous expression of the variety; the elegantly fragrant bouquet shows apricot, rockmelon, fig and floral aromas with a hint of spicy complexity. The palate is wonderfully weighted and richly textured, offering terrific fruit power and persistency, finishing creamy and flowing.  At its best: now to 2026.

Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2021 Edition
Excellent Quality 

Offering easy-drinking in its infancy, the 2020 vintage (4*) was hand-picked at Gibbston (60 per cent) and in the Cromwell Basin (40 per cent). It was mostly handled in tanks, but part of the blend (17.5 per cent) was fermented in old French oak barriques. Bright, light lemon/green, with fresh pear and spice aromas, it is mouth-filling, with vibrant, citrusy flavours, showing a distinct touch of complexity, a sliver of sweetness and moderate acidity. Best drinking 2022+.
5 stars
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
18.5/20 pts (94 pts) Gold Medal, Perfect to Outstanding
Bright, pale yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is elegantly presented, aromas of peaches and apricots underlined citrus melded with subtle floral and minerals. Medium-bodied, dry-ish to taste, aromas of lemon, peach, apricot has crunchy freshness, interweave subtle white blossoms. Sweetness on the wine is well-balanced to the lively acidity and integrated. The fruit has purity, supported by lacy acidity; the palate has a fine-textured mineral flow and creamy lees details, carries the purity of fruit and subtle nutty nuances to an elegantly fresh finish to linearity. Match with prawn & pork summer rolls and Chawanmushi over the next 4-5 years. Handpicked Pinot Blanc from Gibbston 64% and Cromwell Basin 36%, whole bunch pressed, fermented in stainless steel and older French oak barriques (17.5%) to 13% alc, 8 g/l RS. Rested on its lees for 4 months. Dec 2020 

Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times
Very Good to Excellent 

Powerfully fragrant and aromatic nose, rose petals leaping out of the glass, dominating a backdrop of peach and nectarine. Rich palate entry, sweetly fruited with peach, nectarine, honey and musk, cashew nut as well, fat and finishing just off-dry, the acidity coming through on the finish to add zestiness. Sweeter with aeration and distinctively different. 

Technical Notes

First Vines Pinot Noir 2013 Technical Notes

Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 Technical Notes

Pinot Noir Rose NV Technical Notes

Pinot Blanc 2020 Technical Notes

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