(2021) What a truly lovely wine this is, perfumed and beautifully elegant, yet with real substance. It opens with such gorgeous aromatics, cranberry and cherry red fruits, but a pot-pourri spice melting into rose-hip and hints of briar. I tasted this wine from barrel and thought it showed huge perfume and promise back in January 2020, but now it is fully realised, the palate so perfectly poised between juicy and elegant fruit and hints of smokiness and forest floor, sweet tannins and finely-etched acidity balancing everything perfectly. Aged for a year in French oak, 30% new, this is a tour-de-force from Riverby.
(2021) Made with wild yeasts again, with 18 months in French oak barrels, 35% new and another nicely pale Pinot. So much sweet truffle, coffee and forest floor here, but a depth of ripe fruit too as another layer. That richness, that suggestion of mocha, is there on the palate, but the keen raspberry edge of the fruit and acidity sharpens everything up. This has great fruit but an unwavering clarity too, and lots of savoury orange and grapefruit in the mix for a formidable example of Marlborough Pinot at, or near, it's best.
(2021) Primarily from Nautilus's Clay Hills vineyard, 18% whole bunch grapes were fermented with indigenous yeast in open-top fermenters and aged in a mix of new and older French oak Barriques for 11 months. Saturated crimson, the nose has a sheen of polished wood, cool cherry scents and Pinot truffle and floral nuance. Much less dominated by the oak than the Opawa, but still slick and smooth, the ripe blackcurrant and cherry fruit given a bit of spice and bite from the more obvious tannins and perky acid presence, finishng dry and juicy if just a tad short.
(2021) Vibrant, quite deep crimson, there's an earthiness here, hints of briar and beetroot as well as deep cherry and plum fruit, a little lighter, more floral character flitting around the edges. In the mouth it is quite substantial and deep-fruited, but there's a keen edge through tight tannins and a fine minerally acidity, the oak adding spice and a hint of bitter charriness to add complexity to the finish.
(2020) Pale but bright in colour, this is a blend from three vineyards including a portion from the small berries of the cool southerly Ward sub-region. 2018 tended to give bigger berries so a nice component in 2018. Partial whole bunch. Wild ferment and in barrel for around a year, 5 - 10% new. Earthy with a touch of beetroot and rhubarb, but still good fruit, a touch of exotic spice. There’s a leafiness to this, through the fruit is sweet and ripe as it strikes the palate, decent concentration, though the juiciness of the acid and taut tannins keep it tight in the finish.
(2020) Fragrant, even high-toned at first, sandalwood and exotic spices, cherry and a dusty, tomato leaf note too. Quite unusual aromatically. On the palate it is savoury and meaty, an umami and sour finish that is meaty and mouth-watering. Tannin and acid adds a tangy element to the finish.No UK retail stockist listed at time of review.
(2020) This spend 10 months in French oak barriques, around 23% new. The majority went through spontaneous fermentation. Pretty colour, cherry pits and pomegrante on the nose, and equally pretty fruit, tight and fine tannins and cool acidity. A Lovely, elegant and approachable style.
(2020) Spends a but longer in oak, different coopers, a vineyard selection. Small percentage of whole bunch.A little bit of chestnut and briar here, adding that element of Vegetal, beetroot to the sweet fruit. A very nice Pinot with the savoury character. Price and stockist are for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) This wine spends up to 20 months in 228 litre French oak, and comes from a mixture of Syrah clones including the Chave clone. Fully ripe with a lovely lift, violet and kirsch, and graphite. Sweet, solid black fruit. Chocolate and spices, then a bit of slatey character adds a graphite firmness and edge to the chocolate and ripeness of mouthfilling blackcurrant. No UK stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Quite a deep, saturated colour, the fruit from the Southern Valleys, sheltered from the southerlies. Deep cherry and red plum, a bit of cherry skin and some polished chestnutty notes. Lots of sweet, fleshy fruit, a rasp of sour cherry acidity and taut tannins. A little bit of a sour finish, but that gives a savoury character. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.