The Pinnacles of Pinot

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 Private Blend Pinot Noir 2019
3 x Hawkshead Pinot Noir Rosé 2020
3 x Hawkshead Pinot Blanc 2020 (First 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 Private Blend Pinot Noir 2019

5 stars
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95/100pts, Gold Medal,  Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type

Gorgeously elegant and complex, showing sweet cherry, dried herb, toasted almond and dark mushroom aromas, followed by a beautifully refined palate displaying excellent weight and persistency. The wine offers fabulous harmony and balance with enticing savoury nuances.  At its best: now to 2029.

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

Moderate ruby-red, youthful, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and fragranced, slowly penetrating nuances of rich floral, sweet red cherries, pomegranate, intermix earth, subtle spices and a hint of game. Medium-light bodied, a very delicate and creamy mouthfeel filled with aromas of red cherries, pomegranate persists with dusty cinnamon and pepper; subtle earth and a hint of game enriched the palate. Supple and ethereal silky tannin gilded through the palate with mouthwatering acidity, linger to an elegant, spice-filled closing. This is a youthful, sleek Pinot Noir with red fruit and delicate details, will benefit from short term ageing in the bottle. Match with pork belly and tuna steak over the next 5-7 years. Fruit sourced from 52% Gibbston, 26% Cromwell Basin, 22% Alexandra; clones 114 (2%), Abel (50%) and 667 (48%), handpicked, 26 days skin contact, early MLF, 12.5% alc. Then aged in French oak barrels for 10 months (15.5% new oak), no fining.  Apr 2021


Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines

Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2022 Edition
Excellent Quality

Already drinking well, the 2019 vintage (4*) was grown in three sub-regions – Gibbston (52 per cent), the Cromwell Basin (26 per cent) and Alexandra (22 per cent). Matured for 10 months in French oak barrels (16 per cent new), it is ruby-hued, with a fragrant, spicy bouquet. Savoury and supple, it has a very satisfying depth of ripe, cherryish, spicy flavours, seasoned with nutty oak, good complexity and a finely textured finish.

Reviews for Pinot Blanc 2020

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

Private Blend Pinot Noir 2019 Technical Notes

Pinot Noir Rose NV Technical Notes

Pinot Blanc 2020 Technical Notes

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