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 Reserve Pinot Noir 2021
3 x Hawkshead Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020
3 x Hawkshead Pinot Noir Rosé 2021
3 x Hawkshead Pinot Blanc 2021

Reviews for Reserve Pinot Noir 2021

5 stars
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. 

5 stars
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. 

5 stars
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
Excellent Quality

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.

Reviews for Pinot Rosé 2021

5 stars
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
18.5/20 pts (93pts) Gold Medal
Perfect to Outstanding

Bright, berry red colour with depth, even colour throughout. The nose is full and savoury, greeted with pine, thyme flower, a pepper dusting, underlying redcurrant, cherry and blood orange.

Medium-bodied, the wine has a broody, mealy tone, dry to taste; aromas of red cherry, red currant, blood orange melded with a fine dusting of black pepper, unveiling pine, thyme flower and rose. Vibrant acidity provides good energy and freshness. Savoury phenolics contribute to a light grip, add a mealy desire.

This is a savoury Rosé with vibrant acidity, succulent fruit and a herbaceous, mealy palate. Match with beef carpaccio and lamb's fry with red wine over the next 3-4 years. 100% Pinot Noir fruit from Gibbston, handpicked, destemmed, 3 days on skins, indigenous yeast fermentation, 13% alc, 2 g/l RS, rested on lees for 4 months in 15% older French oak barriques and 85% stainless steel.  Dec 2021 

Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times
Very Good to Excellent

A twist of the pepper mill, plum, gravelly nuances, savoury notes. A splash of sweet confectionery shifts to darker raspberry and cherry notes with a chewy feel to the texture.

A bolder expression, developing fruit pastille characters, with zesty acidity and piquancy to keep it all vibrant. Growing fruit sweetness which will appeal to those who don’t want their wine bone dry.

4 stars
Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines
Featured in Listener Feb Edition  
Excellent Quality 

This youthful wine was estate-grown at Gibbston and matured on its lees for four months, mostly in tanks; 15% of the blend was aged in seasoned oak barriques.  Bright pink/pale red, it is fresh, lively and smooth, with gentle strawberry and spice flavours, balanced acidity and a dry, harmonious finish. 

5 stars
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
93/100pts, Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type.

Richer in style, the fragrant bouquet shows red cherry, raspberry, peach and lemon zest aromas, followed by a beautifully flavoursome palate that's succulent and fleshy. Vibrant and refreshing with a lingering crisp-dry finish. At its best: now to 2024

Reviews for Pinot Blanc 2021


Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
Silver Medal

5 stars
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Review
18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Gold Medal, 
Perfect to Outstanding - Rated Top Wine 2021 (Aromatic)

Bright, even, pale yellow. The wine has soft aromas with richness and spice, nuances of bee pollen carried by lemon, lemon zest and pear, honeysuckle and a hint of white pepper. The aromas are slowly growing in volume.

Medium-full bodied, dry-ish to taste, a citrus core of lemon, grapefruit zest melded with pear and honeysuckle, bee pollen enriched the palate, subtle lifting of white pepper linger on the closing. The wine has focus and concentration, integrated harmoniously. The feature of the wine is its texture; delicate, fine-textured phenolics provide a light grip, appear almost unctuous; citrus and pollen persist, endure an enticing, thirst-quenching lemon honey tea aftertaste.

This is a textural Pinot Blanc with a citrus core, pollen and white spice, harmonious and lingering. Match with pan-fried whole sole and macaroni & cheese over the next 6+ years. Fruit from Cromwell Basin, whole bunch pressed, wild-fermented in stainless steel to 13%, 8 g/l RS., rested on lees for 4 months. Vegan friendly. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Nov 2021

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

The youthful 2021 vintage (4*) is a single-vineyard wine grown in the Cromwell Basin, tank-fermented and matured on its yeast lees for four months. Bright, light lemon/green, it is attractively scented, fresh and full-bodied, with strong, vibrant pear, peach, apple and spice flavours, a touch of complexity and a smooth (8 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Already enjoyable, it should be at its best 2023+

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

Beautifully composed and stylish, the wine shows ripe apricot, rockmelon, fig and apple characters with nuances of oatmeal and mixed spice. It's wonderfully weighted on the palate, offering a richly textured mouthfeel combined with juicy fruit flavours and bright acidity, making it immensely satisfying. At its best: now to 2027.

Technical Notes

Reserve Pinot Noir 2021 Technical Notes

Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 Technical Notes

Pinot Rosé 2021 Technical Notes

Pinot Blanc 2021 Technical Notes

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