2021 Hawkshead Central Otago Pinot Noir
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Bright, youthful Ruby colour and an inviting fragrance of red and dark fruits, faint notes
of sun-warmed dried wild herbs, forest floor, and sweet spice nuances are the first
aromatic impressions the nose detects after a swirl of the glass.
The flavours mirror the aroma yet refine the fruit to taste memories of ripe red berries
and dark cherries, so typical of a vibrant Central Otago Pinot Noir. This sensory experience is supported by the elegantly balanced structure of the wine. Fine tannins and a nice vein of gentle acidity leave a juicy mouthfeel.
This is a very appealing, delicious medium-bodied wine of excellent length.
A vinous gem for now and years to come.
Bob Campbell, Master or Wine, The Real Review
Silver Medal, Ranked: #37 of 51 2021 Pinot Noir from Central Otago
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
94/100, Excellent, Mindfood Magazine, July 2022 Edition
Youthful, vibrant, fresh and varietal with aromas of dark cherry and raspberry, layers of wood spices and smoky qualities, then mineral earth and clay scents. Excellent on the palate with dark berry flavours and firm tannins, a backbone of acidity and a complex detailed finish. Youthful, salivating, fresh, dry and complex. Best drinking from 2024 through 2030+
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
18.5/20pts, (93pts) Gold Medal, Perfect to Outstanding
Deep, ruby-red with good transparency, slightly lighter on edge. This has a savoury, intense bouquet, with aromas of mushroom, herb, and spice underlying red and black cherries. Medium-bodied, youthful fruit of red and black cherries intermixed with strawberries, oregano and black pepper, cinnamon, and finish with a hint of savouriness. The mouthfeel is light and pure with supple tannins; a buoyant, balanced acid backbone compliments the sweet fruit. This is a youthful, appealing Pinot Noir with bright fruit, spice and a silky mouthfeel. Match with roasted pork and pigeon over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from Lowburn, fermented with 40% whole bunches, 100% indigenous yeast, total time on skins 22-26 days, aged in French oak barrels for 10 months, 15% new oak. 13.5% alc, vegan friendly. July 2022
Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide
4.5 Stars, Outstanding quality (gold medal standard)
The 2021 vintage (4.5*) was grown at Lowburn and matured for 10 months in French oak barrels (15 per cent new). Full, bright ruby, with a fragrant, floral bouquet, it is a graceful red, mouth-filling and supple, with youthful, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, finely integrated oak and a savoury, smooth finish. Already very enjoyable, it should be at its best 2024+.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
96/ 100 Exceptional quality exhibiting the highest level of concentration and complexity.
Gorgeously ripe and seductively complex, the wine shows sweet plum, spiced cherry, olive, cedar and rich floral aromas. The concentrated palate is graceful and flowing seamlessly to a persistent velvety finish. Wonderfully composed and stylish exhibiting multi-layered mouthfeel and finely integrated tannins. At its best: 2023 to 2033.