(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) 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) 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.
(2020) Barrel sample. Violets and florals, a touch of pepper, but very much fruit driven. The oak just adding a bit of deep balsamic flavour. Lithe and creamy on the palate, good acidity and a fresh finish. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) Pale but bright crimson colour. A lot of cranberry and dry herbs and cherries, briar. The palate has a dry juiciness, again there is dried herbs and a touch of currant, good bright citrus acidity. Juicy if slightly lean in the finish.
(2020) From Nelson, this spends 10 months in French oak, 20% new. An orangey, light pomegranate and cranberry, small, red berry fruit. Lots of sweetness to the fruit, but a sour orange and marmalade bite of acidity, very firm tannins, a touch of endive or liquorice. Again very nice smokiness, juiciness and savoury red fruit. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) Slightly more density to the colour than the straight Tohu Pinot. An earthiness and spices and seeds, a touch of mineral/stony character that is interesting. Good fresh fruit, lots of tangy and juicy fruit, juicy tangy acidity. No UK retail stockists at time of review.