(2020) A nice hint of mellowing softness to the colour, and a beautifully Burgundian nose, with truffle and briar, smokiness and autumnal soft fruits, just a touch of creamy oak to shore everything up. Sweet fruited and delicious, the coffee and cream of the palate is lovely with smooth, polished tannins, gentle acidity, and huge drinkability. Note this is 2014, with more tertiary development than the 2018s 2017s here.
(2020) Pale, fragrant, immediately classy and inviting, a little fresh mushroom, delicate spices, a delightful fruit character. In the mouth sweet, pure and extremely elegant. There’s a firm edge to this, the cherry and plum skin grip of the acidity and tannin against the sweet flesh of the red fruits, a quality, subtle barrel component giving spicy tobacco depth. Long.
(2020) From Gibbston. Very pale colour, cherry briar and woodsmoke on the nose, subtle and charming. The palate has more briary character, a dry orange acidity and nice tannin structure to give a bit of seriousness. An elegant style this.
(2020) From Bendigo, medium pale, a little lifted, floral-edged note, attractive and bright, something a little red liquorice and root beer-like maybe. The palate has fine fruit and there’s a definite elegance, despite the high alcohol, maybe just a hint of that in the finish, with taut tannins and a juicy cherry acid profile. No UK stockist listed at time of review, though I was told this will be in Majestic.
(2020) A delightful wine, a 2016 so a little extra age on this bottle compared to most in this tasting, with the fruit coming from across Central otago, mainly Bendigo and Pisa. That little bit of extra maturity enhances earthy and mushroom notes, some herbal characters too, some coffee. Quite complex. In the mouth it is warming, spicy and ripe, the creamy and chocolate ripeness set against sweet, plush fruit, in a hedonistic but not overdone style. Price and stockist for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) I still recall and lovely afternoon spent with winemaker Paul Pujol about 12 or more years ago, sitting in his little ‘hut’ high in the vineyards of this old gold-mining hillside in Bendigo. This has a vibrant but pale colour, the wild yeast giving a subtle earth and burnished, chestnut note, the fruit dry and cranberry like, with a little tobacco spice. Lovely ripe stuff on the palate, but the sweetness of the fruit curtailed and controlled by tight, dry tannins and excellent acidity, the smoky and nutty oak adding some depth. Price and stockist for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Pale, soft colour, A little touch of resinous quality to the oak in this young wine, but spices and some higher floral notes coming through as well as quality fruit. Lovely chocolate berry fruit on the palate, real ripeness and supple plushness, creamy textured, the polish of the tannins and ripeness of the acidity really delicious, in a long, very classy wine. No UK retail stockist listed at time of review.
(2020) Pale but saturated colour, very fine perfume with a hint of game and plenty of dry berry and cherry fruit. The palate has lots of savoury, dry tannin, a really gastronomic mouthwatering style, meaty and a touch herby, but savoury to the last. Price and stockist quoted is for a previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Nutty notes over the red fruits, a subtle smokiness and hint of tobacco maybe. On the palate the fruit is ripe and sweet, sweet cherry and raspberry, a deepening note of bitter cocoa and suppleness to the tannins, again has that little Brazil nut smoothness and good balance, in a very crowd-pleasing but very good style.
(2020) This Bannockburn Pinot displays elegance and polish, a little touch of roasted chestnut character, but then more lifted, fragrant notes of kirsch and flowers adding lovely lightness. Sweet pulpy red fruits, cherry flesh and red plum, a stripe of good acidity and polished tannins complete a very fine picture. No UK retail stockists at time of review.