New Zealand Pinot Noir Paradise Assortment 6 Pack Value
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New Zealand Pinot Noir Paradise Assortment 6 Pack Value
New Zealand Pinot Noir Paradise Assortment 6 Pack Value
New Zealand Pinot Noir Paradise Assortment 6 Pack Value
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New Zealand Pinot Noir Paradise Assortment 6 Pack Value
New Zealand Pinot Noir Paradise Assortment 6 Pack Value

New Zealand Pinot Noir Paradise Assortment 6 Pack Value

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Each bottle in this collection encapsulates the essence of New Zealand's renowned Pinot Noir terroir, offering a symphony of flavors and aromas to delight the senses. From the rugged coastlines of Marlborough to the lush valleys of Central Otago, experience the diversity and excellence of New Zealand's premier wine regions. Perfect for enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike, this assortment promises an unforgettable exploration of Pinot Noir craftsmanship. Elevate your wine experience with our New Zealand Pinot Noir Paradise Assortment.

 1 x Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir (Organic) 2019 ~ Martinborough, New Zealand

94/100 The Real Review, Bob Campbell
94/100 The Real Review, Huon Hooke
93/100 James Suckling
94/100 The Real Review, Bob Campbell (2018 vintage)
94/100 The Real Review, Huon Hooke (2018 vintage)
93/100 James Suckling (2018 vintage)
92/100 Falstaff (2018 vintage)
91/100 Robert Parker (2018 vintage)
91/100 Decanter (2018 vintage)
91/100 Wine Enthusiast (2018 vintage)
90/100 CellarTracker (2018 vintage)
93/100 James Suckling (2017 vintage)
93/100 The Wine Front (2017 vintage)
92/100 The Real Review, Huon Hooke (2017 vintage)
91/100 Wine Enthusiast (2017 vintage)
90/100 Robert Parker (2017 vintage)
Bronze - CellarTracker (2017 vintage)

Organic

The Real Review, Bob Campbell "Ata Rangi's second-label pinot noir made from grapes grown on younger vines than their flagship wine. It is sporting a new label showing a stylised Pohutukawa flower. Seamless, stylish pinot noir with savoury, dried herb, spice, cherry, floral and violet flavours. Deliciously approachable now but should develop well, at least in the medium-term."

The Real Review, Huon Hooke "Medium to deep red colour with a rim of purple and a foresty bouquet that suggests substantial whole-bunch fermentation. The wine is intense and quite structured, with quite a full-body, the tannins imparting a degree of bitterness to the finish and follow-through. The bouquet is charming and captivating, the palate should follow on if given a little more time. It already drinks well with food."

James Suckling "A very attractive Crimson with bright red cherries and perfume, as well as a sappy edge that adds further interest. Plenty of spice, too. The palate has a very supple and elegant feel with a plush and fresh core of spicy red cherries and plums. Bright, vibrant and gently creamy. "

The Real Review, Bob Campbell "Aromatic pinot noir with an appealing mix of cherry, plum, mint, dried herbs, and spicy and stemmy flavours. A supple, attractive wine that's perhaps not as concentrated as its distinguished stable mate, but represents excellent value at this price. A wine of character and class." (2018 vintage)

The Real Review, Huon Hooke " Deep colour with a touch of development; reserved, earthbound aromas, herbs, dark fruits, while the palate has depth and structure. Abundant slightly sappy tannins which leave a slight bitterness, quite acceptable. Deep set raspberry and dark cherry, almost blackberry flavors. This would take some age well. Serious Pinot." (2018 vintage)

James Suckling "There’s so much to this wine. It is a pinot that really speaks of quality tannin, fresh and quite concentrated fruit flavors and a layered, succulent, fleshy and rich, dark-cherry finish. One of the best value wines on the planet, hands down!" (2018 vintage)

Falstaff "Strong crimson garnet, subtle ocher edge, broader edge lightening. Dark wild berries, a hint of preserved cherries and cranberries, candied orange zest, a hint of dried herbs, dark minerality. Medium body, red berries, freshly structured, present tannins. Salty aftertaste, a delicately spicy food wine" (2018 vintage)

Robert Parker "The 2018 Crimson Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from vines up to about 20 years of age. Originally, it was a fruit-forward, young-vines cuvée, but this vintage is cut from sturdier cloth, showing some serious tannins on the finish. It's pretty and perfumed up front, with scents of roses and berry tea, adding raspberries and cherries on the medium-bodied, structured palate." (2018 vintage)

Decanter "It’s tempting to recommend the superb Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, or the now dormant Craighall Chardonnay (the virused block is being replanted); even the Te Wa Sauvignon Blanc is impressive for the category. But this more affordable Pinot is a real showcase for both this organic winery and Wairarapa as a whole, boasting a glorious aroma of pomegranate and rose, rounded off with lovely cherry fruit on a supple palate." (2018 vintage)

Wine Enthusiast "Like the name itself, this wine is vibrant crimson in color. There's a slight reductive funk on the nose, but this blows off quickly in the glass, replaced by bright red fruit, crushed violet, and minerals, all backed by something more savory and stalky, like soy sauce and cinnamon stick. In the mouth it's light and lithe, crunching with fresh fruit and saline notes through to the finish, and wound tightly by powdery tannins. Simultaneously serious yet approachable." (2018 vintage)

James Suckling "This delivers pristine red florals, lightly peppery notes and an array of beautifully pure, deep red-cherry aromas, as well as spiced pastry notes. The palate has lively, luscious and vibrant red-cherry flavors, framed in fine, crisp tannins. Exceptional value. (2017 vintage)

The Real Review, Huon Hooke "Deep red with a good tint of purple, the bouquet slightly closed, shy and savoury, with latent cherry and earthy, foresty aromas, seemingly unevolved and needing time to fully emerge. The palate is quite firm and solid, with a vein of bitterness from the tannin extraction - which seems part of this label's established style. It's quite structured. Lovely dark-cherry fruit aromas emerge with plenty of swirling." (2017 vintage)

Wine Enthusiast "The 2017 vintage of this wine shows none of the reduction of the previous one. Straight off the bat there are fragrances of rhubarb and red currant, florals, an array of baking spices, a forest floor earthiness and wet stone minerality. The silky palate is finely structured with the savory sinewy tannins Martinborough is known for, wound around crunchy fruit. It feels like a rainy day in autumn. " (2017 vintage)

Robert Parker "Slightly herbal and tomato-scented, the 2017 Crimson Pinot Noir still offers up enough sous-bois and cherry flavors to remain intriguing. A bit of bacon-tinged oak comes through on the medium-bodied palate, joining silky tannins on the finish. For a "second wine," this offers uncommon complexity, even if it doesn't show the concentration of Ata Rangi's top bottlings." (2017 vintage)

Matthew Jukes "This stunning estate makes the most revered Pinot Noir in New Zealand"

Lisa Perrotti-Brown eRobertParker.com "Their Pinots have always been great and yet, even in a world where the Pinot benchmark gets higher every year, Ata Rangi is better than ever."

Organic wines are made from grapes grown without pesticides, following strict organic standards. Organic wines are produced in vineyards that do not use synthetic chemicals. Certified BioGro organic wines in New Zealand. 

Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small New Zealand winery with a big reputation for serious Pinot Noir. Located at the southern end of the North Island, it is owned and managed by a family trio - Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and his sister Alison.

Clive planted his first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area.

Crimson is a wine which was inspired by a love of New Zealand’s native ‘Christmas Trees’ the rata and pohutukawa trees. Sales of this wine support Project Crimson, a charitable conservation trust which plants and protects these trees. The Pinot Noir grapes for Crimson are produced from 10-20 year old Martinborough vines in Lismore, Waiora and Walnut Ridge blocks.The grapes were hand picked and 100% destemmed, keeping as much whole berry fruit as possible.

After four years of transition, Ata Rangi were certified in 2014 as fully organic.

Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now produced in wine regions all over the world, including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand. The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah.

1 x Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir 2021 - Marlborough, New Zealand

92/100 Bob Campbell, The Real Review 
Bronze - James Suckling 
94/100 CamDouglas MS (2020 vintage)
92/100 Angus Hughson (2020 vintage)
90/100 Bob Campbell, The Real Review (2020 vintage)
Bronze - QWine (2020 vintage)
Bronze - New Zealand Wine Rater (2020 vintage)

5 Stars - Wine Square

Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards 
Bronze - International Wine Challenge 
Bronze - The National Wine Awards of Aotearoa New Zealand
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards (2020 vintage)
Bronze - National Wine Awards of Aotearoa 2022 (2020 vintage)
Bronze - Marlborough Wine Show 2021 (2020 vintage)

Bob Campbell, The Real Review "Pale pinot noir in a lighter style with violet, red cherry, vanilla, cedar and spicy oak flavours. Well-balanced wine that is a pleasure to drink now."

Bob Campbell, The Real Review "Bright, vibrant pinot noir with raspberry, red rose petal, fresh herbs, oyster shell and black cherry flavours. Impressive purity and subtle power. Definitely a candidate for the cellar. High energy wine." (2021 vintage)

James Suckling "An earthy pinot with aromas of forest floor, cherries, mushrooms and lemons with hints of licorice. Fresh and medium-bodied with easy tannins and a savory, simple finish." (2021 vintage)

Matt Ward "A bit brooding at first, this takes a minute to open up. Baking spices, blueberry and cassis, reveal lifted red fruits and cinnamon, wrapped up in toasty oak. The palate is medium bodied with juicy red cherries, soft acid and fine chalk tannins. (2020 vintage)

CamDouglas MS "Youthful, varietal, a core of fruit, dark roses and a plush enticing complexity. Equally enticing on the palate with a core of dark red berry fruit flavours - black currant, dark cherry, some plum then toasty barrel spices of clove, vanilla and a touch of cedarwood. Firm tannins and plenty of acidity provide the foundation for ageing and fruit to rest upon. Lengthy finish and a wine that is very youthful and needs cellar time." (2020 vintage)

Bob Campbell, The Real Review "Bright, fresh pinot noir with floral, rose petal, cherry and subtle spice flavours. An appealing, easy-to-drink wine, with an ethereal texture and vibrant flavours. Simple and distinctive. Good varietal definition." (2020 vintage)

Angus Hughson " perfumed aromas and sweet red fruits with a dark, earthy underbelly. Mid to deep cherry in colour, fruits are fleshy and generous. Cherry compote, damp earth and spice with toasty oak in play. The palate is then juicy and savoury – meaty, ground spice flavours over a bed of dark cherry fruits. It’s on the oaky side for pinot noir so best matched up with flavoursome dishes such as coq au vin. " (2020 vintage)

Bob Campbell "Bright, fresh pinot noir with floral, rose petal, cherry and subtle spice flavours. An appealing, easy-to-drink wine, with an ethereal texture and vibrant flavours. Simple and distinctive. Good varietal definition." (2020 vintage)

QWine "Dark cherry, blackcurrants, mushrooms, even a hint of truffle get things on the move. A drying Pinot but there's a lighter side to it. Easy drinking, you'd kick back with this riverside watching the worries of the world float by. " (2020 vintage)

New Zealand Wine Rater "A subtle bouquet with herbal, minty, meaty aroma s, showing sulphides. Dark fruit conserve, bramble, gummy bears, and blueberry notes. A medium-full bodied wine with a fruity, generous mid-palate, and plenty of acidity." (2020 vintage)

Bob Campbell "Gently seductive pinot noir with cherry, plum and other red fruit flavours together with violet, floral, fresh herb and mixed spice characters. Smooth-textured with a backbone of very fine tannins." (2019 vintage)

Marlborough based award-winning winery, Catalina Sounds is known for wines which harness the purity and vibrancy of Marlborough’s climate and landscape. The name Catalina Sounds evolved from the majestic Catalina flying boats that played a vital role across the South Pacific during and after World War II.

Marlborough is by far New Zealand's most important wine region. Situated at the north-eastern tip of the South Island, this dry, sunny region produces around three-quarters of all New Zealand wine. It is particularly famous for its pungent, zesty Sauvignon Blanc - widely considered by critics to be the best Sauvignon currently produced anywhere on the planet. Commercial-scale viticulture began in Marlborough the 1970s – it conquered the world within 25 years!

Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now produced in wine regions all over the world, including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand.

The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah.

1 x Catalina Sounds Sound of White Pinot Noir 2020 - Marlborough, New Zealand

93/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Real Review
92/100 Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot
Bronze - QWine
Bronze - New Zealand Wine Rater
90/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Real Review (2017 vintage)

Bronze - International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards (2017 vintage)

Campbell Mattinson, The Real Review "Most of the grapes are from a 16-year-old hillside vineyard, with a small amount from five year-old vines on the flat. Quite a dense, rich and fleshy red with floral, violet, dark cherry and plum supported by gentle tannins. "

Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot "This Single Vineyard Pinot Noir is a good illustration of why Marlborough is a hugely underrated region for pinot. It’s got everything fans of this variety are searching for – perfumed aromas and sweet red fruits with a dark, earthy underbelly. Mid to deep cherry in colour, fruits are fleshy and generous. Cherry compote, damp earth and spice with toasty oak in play. The palate is then juicy and savoury – meaty, ground spice flavours over a bed of dark cherry fruits. It’s on the oaky side for pinot noir so best matched up with flavoursome dishes such as coq au vin."

QWine "Dark cherry, blackcurrants, mushrooms, even a hint of truffle get things on the move. A drying Pinot but there's a lighter side to it. Easy drinking, you'd kick back with this riverside watching the worries of the world float by. "

New Zealand Wine Rater "A very youthful, primary, un-evolved wine right no w, that's deep purple in hue, and somewhat subdued on the nose. As it opens with air time there's lots of chary oak, and blueberry fruit with a hint of cinnamon, and mace. Perhaps more Syrah-like than Pinot right now. Closed, primary with acid, and tannin dominating on the palate. Difficult to evaluate right now and begging for more time."

Campbell Mattinson, The Real Review "Well made, classical Marlborough pinot noir with typical red fruits, dried herb and subtle earthy-savoury flavours. A medium-bodied red, with a core of sweet fruit balanced against fine, drying tannins." (2017 vintage)

Decanter World Wine Awards "Juicy, open, floral, lifted and aromatic with great purity and hints of cherries, pencil shavings and oak-derived spice. Well-made with a persistent finish." (2017 vintage)

Marlborough based award-winning winery, Catalina Sounds is known for wines which harness the purity and vibrancy of Marlborough’s climate and landscape. The name Catalina Sounds evolved from the majestic Catalina flying boats that played a vital role across the South Pacific during and after World War II.

Marlborough is by far New Zealand's most important wine region. Situated at the north-eastern tip of the South Island, this dry, sunny region produces around three-quarters of all New Zealand wine. It is particularly famous for its pungent, zesty Sauvignon Blanc - widely considered by critics to be the best Sauvignon currently produced anywhere on the planet. Commercial-scale viticulture began in Marlborough the 1970s – it conquered the world within 25 years!

Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now produced in wine regions all over the world, including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand.

The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah.

1 x Greenhough Pinot Noir (Organic) 2016 ~ Nelson, New Zealand

Winestate Magazine, 5 stars

Organic

Yvonne Lorkin “....notes abound in this plush, strapping pinot from their vineyards in Nelson’s Hope sub-region......Rosehip and rooibos tea merge with cocoa, cherry and soft leathery.”

Winestate Magazine “.....Excellent concentration and length..... wild raspberry and red berry fruit notes”

The Winemaker "Attractively aromatic. Summer berry-fruits, citrusy, floral notes and a lightly spiced, herbal fragrance. Suggestive of the outdoors. Earth, mushroom notes evolve as the wine opens in the glass. The palate is vibrant and brightly red-fruited with a light spicy savouriness and supple structure of well-bound tannins. There is a depth in the exotic guava and quince which have a secondary, preserve-like richness. A refreshing plum-skin tanginess and chalky, minerality balance these ripper flavours." (2016 Vintage)

Greenhough is a family-owned certified organic vineyard and winery established in 1991. Located at Hope, near Nelson at the top of the South Island, the home vineyard is planted in free-draining, clay-rich soils beneath the foothills of the Richmond Ranges. A combination of machine and hand-harvested fruit from the Home and Morison Vineyards Vineyard, both managed organically.

The Greenhough Hope Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 topped a tasting in the UK’s Decanter magazine of New Zealand Pinot Noirs earning it 5 stars and the Decanter Award.

Nelson is a small, little-known wine region at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, it enjoys a unique mesoclimate that is perfect for aromatic grape varieties. Established in 1841, Nelson was the South Island's first city. Early settlers planted vines, but the modern viticultural industry didn't begin to blossom until the 1970s. Nelson is now home to about 25 wineries, most small, boutique operations producing premium wines.

Though Nelson’s wine scene lacks the international recognition of neighbouring Marlborough, the region is practically swimming in award-winning vineyards. In fact, if you consider awards won per acre of vines, Nelson is the most acclaimed wine region in New Zealand. Nelson has a cool, maritime climate that is ideal for Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs, and Rieslings. It is protected on three sides by mountain ranges, which protect the vines against extreme weather.

A combination of machine and hand harvested fruit from the Home and Morison Vineyards Vineyard, both managed organically.

Though Nelson’s wine scene lacks the international recognition of neighbouring Marlborough, the region is practically swimming in award-winning vineyards. In fact, if you consider awards won per acre of vines, Nelson is the most acclaimed wine region in New Zealand. Nelson has a cool, maritime climate that is ideal for Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs, and Rieslings. It is protected on three sides by mountain ranges, which protect the vines against extreme weather.

1 x Amisfield Pinot Noir (Organic) 2020 ~ Central Otago New Zealand

96/100 Cameron Douglas MS
94/100 Bob Campbell MW
94/100 QWine
95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2019 vintage)
95/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2019 vintage)
92/100 James Suckling (2019 vintage)
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards (2019 vintage)
93/100 Bob Campbell (2018 vintage)
93/100 The Winefront (2018 vintage)
93 /100 Cam Douglas (2018 vintage)
91/100 Decanter World Wine Awards (2017 vintage)
90/100 Wine & Spirit Magazine (2017 vintage)
16/20 Jancis Robinson (2016 vintage)
93/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 vintage)
92/100 Wine Spectator (2015 vintage)
91+/100 Stephen Tanzer (2015 vintage)
91/100 Vinous by Antonio Galloni (2015 vintage)
91/100 The Wine Front (2015 vintage)
91/100 Decanter World Wine Awards (2015 vintage)
90/100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW Wine Advocate (2015 vintage)
90/100 Wine Enthusiast (2015 vintage)
16.5/20 Jancis Robinson

5 Stars Michael Cooper
Silver - San Francisco International Wine Competition (2017 vintage)
Silver - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards (2017 vintage)
Bronze - International Wine Challenge (2016 vintage)
Bronze - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards (2016 vintage)
Gold - International Wine Challenge (2015 vintage)

The Real Review Recommended
"Organic Winery of the Year" - NZ Organic Wine Awards

Cameron Douglas MS "Distinctive, varietal, earthy and mineral with a line of new French oak spice and barrel toast. Aromas and flavours include a classic Otago savouriness with bracken and crumbled stone outlined by dark cherry and fresh raspberry flesh, plum and then baking spices of vanilla and clove. Tannins add structure and plenty of mouthfeel as does the acidity. A wine still very youthful and developing slowly, but also complex and lengthy."

QWine "Organically farmed, there is plenty of depth but it's not weighty. Slick and silky, dark plums and dark cherries and flanked by pan juices, dancy delicate spices and some mushroom compost. An earthiness cruises through the mid-palate adding another level of interest before grippy, drying cocoa tannins ride out to a sustained finish. I'll have a glass thanks. No, make it two. Smart gear."

Michael Cooper "Concentrated richness and mushroom-like earthiness – juicy and succulent in the palate with cherry sweetness, a sultry savouriness, a touch of chocolate and fruit cake spices – very attractive and generous.

Bob Campbell MW "Luscious, concentrated pinot noir with a mix of floral, plum, dark cherry, cassis and spicy flavours. Dense, silken-textured wine with an unmistakable Central Otago signature. A heady wine that is delicious now but no rush." (2019 vintage)

Cameron Douglas MS "Tense, ripe, varietal and loaded with primary fruit and mineral energy. Bright red and dark cherry, raspberry and redcurrant. Baking spices of oak with a vanilla and cedar suggestion, a whisper of bacon then a quiet wood smoke moment. Quite powerful and youthful on the palate with fruit flavours that reflect the nose, an abundance of tannins and acidity add texture and energy. Lengthy finish with a primary, fruit centric power and contrasting wood and acid structure. Plenty of minerality this wine needs more cellar to really showcase its personality and pinosity." (2019 vintage)

James Suckling "Rich spiced-cherry and fresh red-plum nose with raspberries, violets and smoked-meat elements. The palate has vibrant plum flavor and a smooth sheen of fine, velvety tannin. Fresh and balanced." (2019 vintage)

Bob Campbell MW "Bright, youthful pinot noir with red rose, floral, dark cherry, anise, dried herb, thyme and spicy oak flavours supported by peppery tannins. An elegant wine with obvious cellaring potential" (2018 vintage)

Cam Douglas "Ruby and purple core with a purple rim, bright and shiny appearance. Very youthful bouquet with primary fruit aromas of plums and cherries, moderate intensity scents of oak, fleshy, young, savoury, pretty and inviting. On the palate - Dry, fresh, savoury and textured with a mix of fine to firm tannins, plenty of acidity and a core of fruit. All the raw energy of this wine is on show and needs time to settle in more and begin to harmonise - this is best completed in a cool dark cellar. This wine is also fresh, lively, packed with pinosity and charm and will reward those who decant for service or better still age a little longer with best drinking from later in 2021 through 2026." (2018 vintage)

Decanter Magazine "Highly Commended .......draws you back to the glass again and again. A fine texture and freshness" (2016 vintage)

Bob Campbell MW "A well-proportioned pinot noir.........firmly structured pinot noir with plum, dark cherry and a savoury, earthy, stemmy influence. " (2016 vintage)

Stephen Tanzer "This highly aromatic Pinot Noir finishes with sophisticated tannins and lovely length and grip......From very old gravelly glacial deposits, with little topsoil; vinified with wild yeasts and 10% whole clusters: Fresh medium red. Sappy aromas of wild raspberry, cherry, pepper and menthol. Juicy, dry and youthfully closed, with its intense red fruit flavors energized and supported by a firm mineral unpinning." (2016 vintage)

Wine Spectator "Lush and plush, with raspberry coulis, black cherry compote and red licorice flavors that are robust and juicy. Fresh earth, clove and sage notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2026." (2016 vintage)

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate "Medium-bodied, it delivers a lot of red and blackberry character supported by soft tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing earthy.....Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir gives a nose of black cherries, red currants and red plums with hints of underbrush and violets." (2014 vintage)

Amisfield was established in 1988 and has built up a reputation for quality wines, especially Pinot Noir. Their state-of-the-art purpose built winery is the focal point of the vineyard, and gathered global attention when visited by Will and Kate on their Royal tour of New Zealand.

Established in Central Otago, Amisfield produces beautiful pinot noir and aromatic white wines sourced from fruit grown on its Estate vineyard beneath the Pisa mountain range in the Cromwell Basin. Over 80ha is currently planted, and the majority of the vines are over ten years old. Amisfield philosophy is simple: minimal intervention in the winemaking process and ultimate fruit purity.
Amisfield is currently in conversion to full organic certification with New Zealand’s leading body, BioGro.

1 x Dog Point Pinot Noir (Organic) 2019 ~ Marlborough, New Zealand

95/100 Bob Campbell MW
95/100 Angus Hughson
94/100 James Suckling
93/100 Tom Cannavan
91/100 Vinous
90/100 CellarTracker
17/20 - Jancis Robinson
96/100 - Bob Campbell (2017 vintage)
95/100 - James Suckling (2017 vintage)
94/100 - The Wine Front (2017 vintage)
91/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2017 vintage)
17.5/20 - Vinum (2017 vintage)
96/100 - James Suckling (2016 vintage)
94/100 - The Wine Front (2016 vintage)
91/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2016 vintage)
94/100 - The Wine Front (2015 vintage)
94/100 - Jamie Goode (2015 vintage)

Organic

Bob Campbell MW "Supple, vibrant, organic pinot noir with cherry, violet, blackcurrant leaf, spice, anise, and subtle nutty oak flavours. High-energy wine with impressive purity. An elegant and youthful pinot noir with obvious cellaring potential."

James Suckling "Attractive, earthy and spicy aromas are wound seamlessly into bright, red and darker cherries. This is complex and fragrant with dialed-in oak. The palate has impressively intense red-cherry flavors with succulent acidity and smooth, fluid tannins. Composed finish."

Vinous "An understated Pinot Noir that is self-assured on the midpalate. It has a lovely sense of sinew, providing a chalky tension through the midweight core, which is emphasized further by the streak of cool-climate acidity. This isn't fruit-forward; it's a more savory expression, with high violet notes providing the top line of the score and subtle herb and cedar notes (30% new French oak) bringing up the base. Already starting to drink well, this has the structure to evolve from now to the mid-term. Drinking window: 2021 - 2028."

Angus Hughson "Of the new releases from Dog Point this wine was the pick. But if you plan on drinking it young give it some air, either in the glass or a decanter to enjoy all it has to offer. Bright mid cherry red in colour, it opens up with aromas of the forrest – spice, earth, truffle and undergrowth providing a savoury start. But then pretty aromatic fruits start to emerge – beetroot, dark cherry, star anise and potpourri all underpinned by well chosen oak. It is beautifully complex and, most of all, superbly balanced. The palate continues on that earthy, brooding line with tobacco, stalk and spice offset by fleshy dark cherry fruits. It is almost surprisingly tannic with strong structure and also a meaty/funky edge on a long and supple finish. Delicious and great value Kiwi Pinot."

Tom Cannavan "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."

Jancis Robinson "Paler and less blue than the exceptional Dog Point 2017 Pinot Noir. Transparent garnet. Sweet, violet-scented fruit. Very gentle, delicate and nuanced but not quite as compelling as the 2017. It's savoury and dry – there's no distracting sweetness, no beetroot quality, no obvious oakiness. Very light vegetal note but it's fully ripe fruit. So neat! You could certainly enjoy it now but I suspect it might be even better next year. Amazing that one producer can be so good at both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and pretty smart Chardonnay too."

Bob Campbell "Deliciously fruit pinot noir with plum, dark cherry, anise, spice and nutty oak flavours among the more obvious descriptors. A dense wine with underlying power and obvious potential but dangerously drinkable now. This must be one of Marlborough's most consistently top reds. And it's organic" (2017 Vintage)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "The medium-bodied 2017 Pinot Noir is taut and tight, with subtle notions of green rose hips entwined with white strawberries and tart raspberries. Endowed with silky tannins and ample concentration, it should improve over the next couple of years and drink well for up to a decade." (2017 Vintage)

James Sucking "This is very convincing, complex and downright impressive pinot noir. The intense aromas of ripe-cherries and plums are framed in such intensely attractive oak spice and earthy, sous-bois complexity. The palate has regal, polished and powerful tannin and carries a vibrant core of very attractive, rich dark cherries." (2017 Vintage)

James Suckling “Impressive structure and concentration. Terrific complexity in the mix here, too. Blueberries and mixed cherries on the nose and palate with a terrific layering of plush, assertive tannins and a fresh, vibrant kick into the finish.” (2016 Vintage)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "Medium to full-bodied, with a rich, velvety mid-palate, it finishes dry and firm...Subtle cinnamon and clove notes appear on the nose, along with black cherries and cola shadings." (2016 Vintage)

Oz Wine Review 2019 “Part of the secret to this label’s success is the Dog Point Vineyard itself, which is one of the oldest privately owned vineyards in Marlborough. Planted by Ivan and Margaret Sutherland back in the late 1970s, it remains not only the backbone of the Dog Point label but also a key source of fruit for a whole swathe of premium Marlborough producers.”

James Suckling “Impressive structure and concentration. Terrific complexity in the mix here, too. Blueberries and mixed cherries on the nose and palate with a terrific layering of plush, assertive tannins and a fresh, vibrant kick into the finish.”

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "Medium to full-bodied, with a rich, velvety mid-palate, it finishes dry and firm...Subtle cinnamon and clove notes appear on the nose, along with black cherries and cola shadings."

The Real Review "Dog Point Vineyard, one of Marlborough’s brightest stars."

Bob Campbell "A small family owned, boutique winery located in Marlborough, New Zealand – New Zealand’s premium wine growing region. Dog Point Vineyards produce wines that respect the natural integrity of the land from which they are made and, reflect the experience and passion of the people that make them."

The Real Review "Dog Point Vineyard, one of Marlborough’s brightest stars."

Organic wines are made from grapes grown without pesticides, following strict organic standards. Organic wines are produced in vineyards that do not use synthetic chemicals.Certified organic wines have been certified by Biogro New Zealand. 

It was an exciting day for wine lovers when Cloudy Bay's former viticulturalist and winemaker Ivan Sutherland and James Healy decided to go out on their own. Dog Point vineyards were some of the earliest to be planted in Marlborough and thus have some of the oldest vines in the region. Dog Point is named for the sheep-herding history of the area.

Organic philosophies drive Dog Point's approach to wine growing and in March 2012, 150 hectares of Vineyards were certified organic by BioGro New Zealand, with another 60 hectares certified as C1 (2 years in conversion). A flock of around 2,000 sheep including Romney, Perendale Cross and Merino Wiltshire Cross are grazed in the winter to keep the grass low and fertilise as they go.

Marlborough is New Zealand's most important wine region by far. Situated at the northeastern tip of the South Island, this dry, sunny region is home to over 500 growers and produces around three-quarters of all New Zealand wine.

In recent years, the region's earliest Pinot Noir vines have come of age, and are now producing some first-class wines. Marlborough Pinot Noirs are generally lighter and fruitier than those from Otago and Martinborough.

Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now adopted in wine regions all over the world including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand.

The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah.

Each bottle in this collection encapsulates the essence of New Zealand's renowned Pinot Noir terroir, offering a symphony of flavors and aromas to delight the senses. From the rugged coastlines of Marlborough to the lush valleys of Central Otago, experience the diversity and excellence of New Zealand's premier wine regions. Perfect for enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike, this assortment promises an unforgettable exploration of Pinot Noir craftsmanship. Elevate your wine experience with our New Zealand Pinot Noir Paradise Assortment.

 1 x Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir (Organic) 2019 ~ Martinborough, New Zealand

94/100 The Real Review, Bob Campbell
94/100 The Real Review, Huon Hooke
93/100 James Suckling
94/100 The Real Review, Bob Campbell (2018 vintage)
94/100 The Real Review, Huon Hooke (2018 vintage)
93/100 James Suckling (2018 vintage)
92/100 Falstaff (2018 vintage)
91/100 Robert Parker (2018 vintage)
91/100 Decanter (2018 vintage)
91/100 Wine Enthusiast (2018 vintage)
90/100 CellarTracker (2018 vintage)
93/100 James Suckling (2017 vintage)
93/100 The Wine Front (2017 vintage)
92/100 The Real Review, Huon Hooke (2017 vintage)
91/100 Wine Enthusiast (2017 vintage)
90/100 Robert Parker (2017 vintage)
Bronze - CellarTracker (2017 vintage)

Organic

The Real Review, Bob Campbell "Ata Rangi's second-label pinot noir made from grapes grown on younger vines than their flagship wine. It is sporting a new label showing a stylised Pohutukawa flower. Seamless, stylish pinot noir with savoury, dried herb, spice, cherry, floral and violet flavours. Deliciously approachable now but should develop well, at least in the medium-term."

The Real Review, Huon Hooke "Medium to deep red colour with a rim of purple and a foresty bouquet that suggests substantial whole-bunch fermentation. The wine is intense and quite structured, with quite a full-body, the tannins imparting a degree of bitterness to the finish and follow-through. The bouquet is charming and captivating, the palate should follow on if given a little more time. It already drinks well with food."

James Suckling "A very attractive Crimson with bright red cherries and perfume, as well as a sappy edge that adds further interest. Plenty of spice, too. The palate has a very supple and elegant feel with a plush and fresh core of spicy red cherries and plums. Bright, vibrant and gently creamy. "

The Real Review, Bob Campbell "Aromatic pinot noir with an appealing mix of cherry, plum, mint, dried herbs, and spicy and stemmy flavours. A supple, attractive wine that's perhaps not as concentrated as its distinguished stable mate, but represents excellent value at this price. A wine of character and class." (2018 vintage)

The Real Review, Huon Hooke " Deep colour with a touch of development; reserved, earthbound aromas, herbs, dark fruits, while the palate has depth and structure. Abundant slightly sappy tannins which leave a slight bitterness, quite acceptable. Deep set raspberry and dark cherry, almost blackberry flavors. This would take some age well. Serious Pinot." (2018 vintage)

James Suckling "There’s so much to this wine. It is a pinot that really speaks of quality tannin, fresh and quite concentrated fruit flavors and a layered, succulent, fleshy and rich, dark-cherry finish. One of the best value wines on the planet, hands down!" (2018 vintage)

Falstaff "Strong crimson garnet, subtle ocher edge, broader edge lightening. Dark wild berries, a hint of preserved cherries and cranberries, candied orange zest, a hint of dried herbs, dark minerality. Medium body, red berries, freshly structured, present tannins. Salty aftertaste, a delicately spicy food wine" (2018 vintage)

Robert Parker "The 2018 Crimson Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from vines up to about 20 years of age. Originally, it was a fruit-forward, young-vines cuvée, but this vintage is cut from sturdier cloth, showing some serious tannins on the finish. It's pretty and perfumed up front, with scents of roses and berry tea, adding raspberries and cherries on the medium-bodied, structured palate." (2018 vintage)

Decanter "It’s tempting to recommend the superb Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, or the now dormant Craighall Chardonnay (the virused block is being replanted); even the Te Wa Sauvignon Blanc is impressive for the category. But this more affordable Pinot is a real showcase for both this organic winery and Wairarapa as a whole, boasting a glorious aroma of pomegranate and rose, rounded off with lovely cherry fruit on a supple palate." (2018 vintage)

Wine Enthusiast "Like the name itself, this wine is vibrant crimson in color. There's a slight reductive funk on the nose, but this blows off quickly in the glass, replaced by bright red fruit, crushed violet, and minerals, all backed by something more savory and stalky, like soy sauce and cinnamon stick. In the mouth it's light and lithe, crunching with fresh fruit and saline notes through to the finish, and wound tightly by powdery tannins. Simultaneously serious yet approachable." (2018 vintage)

James Suckling "This delivers pristine red florals, lightly peppery notes and an array of beautifully pure, deep red-cherry aromas, as well as spiced pastry notes. The palate has lively, luscious and vibrant red-cherry flavors, framed in fine, crisp tannins. Exceptional value. (2017 vintage)

The Real Review, Huon Hooke "Deep red with a good tint of purple, the bouquet slightly closed, shy and savoury, with latent cherry and earthy, foresty aromas, seemingly unevolved and needing time to fully emerge. The palate is quite firm and solid, with a vein of bitterness from the tannin extraction - which seems part of this label's established style. It's quite structured. Lovely dark-cherry fruit aromas emerge with plenty of swirling." (2017 vintage)

Wine Enthusiast "The 2017 vintage of this wine shows none of the reduction of the previous one. Straight off the bat there are fragrances of rhubarb and red currant, florals, an array of baking spices, a forest floor earthiness and wet stone minerality. The silky palate is finely structured with the savory sinewy tannins Martinborough is known for, wound around crunchy fruit. It feels like a rainy day in autumn. " (2017 vintage)

Robert Parker "Slightly herbal and tomato-scented, the 2017 Crimson Pinot Noir still offers up enough sous-bois and cherry flavors to remain intriguing. A bit of bacon-tinged oak comes through on the medium-bodied palate, joining silky tannins on the finish. For a "second wine," this offers uncommon complexity, even if it doesn't show the concentration of Ata Rangi's top bottlings." (2017 vintage)

Matthew Jukes "This stunning estate makes the most revered Pinot Noir in New Zealand"

Lisa Perrotti-Brown eRobertParker.com "Their Pinots have always been great and yet, even in a world where the Pinot benchmark gets higher every year, Ata Rangi is better than ever."

Organic wines are made from grapes grown without pesticides, following strict organic standards. Organic wines are produced in vineyards that do not use synthetic chemicals. Certified BioGro organic wines in New Zealand. 

Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small New Zealand winery with a big reputation for serious Pinot Noir. Located at the southern end of the North Island, it is owned and managed by a family trio - Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and his sister Alison.

Clive planted his first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area.

Crimson is a wine which was inspired by a love of New Zealand’s native ‘Christmas Trees’ the rata and pohutukawa trees. Sales of this wine support Project Crimson, a charitable conservation trust which plants and protects these trees. The Pinot Noir grapes for Crimson are produced from 10-20 year old Martinborough vines in Lismore, Waiora and Walnut Ridge blocks.The grapes were hand picked and 100% destemmed, keeping as much whole berry fruit as possible.

After four years of transition, Ata Rangi were certified in 2014 as fully organic.

Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now produced in wine regions all over the world, including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand. The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah.

1 x Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir 2021 - Marlborough, New Zealand

92/100 Bob Campbell, The Real Review 
Bronze - James Suckling 
94/100 CamDouglas MS (2020 vintage)
92/100 Angus Hughson (2020 vintage)
90/100 Bob Campbell, The Real Review (2020 vintage)
Bronze - QWine (2020 vintage)
Bronze - New Zealand Wine Rater (2020 vintage)

5 Stars - Wine Square

Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards 
Bronze - International Wine Challenge 
Bronze - The National Wine Awards of Aotearoa New Zealand
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards (2020 vintage)
Bronze - National Wine Awards of Aotearoa 2022 (2020 vintage)
Bronze - Marlborough Wine Show 2021 (2020 vintage)

Bob Campbell, The Real Review "Pale pinot noir in a lighter style with violet, red cherry, vanilla, cedar and spicy oak flavours. Well-balanced wine that is a pleasure to drink now."

Bob Campbell, The Real Review "Bright, vibrant pinot noir with raspberry, red rose petal, fresh herbs, oyster shell and black cherry flavours. Impressive purity and subtle power. Definitely a candidate for the cellar. High energy wine." (2021 vintage)

James Suckling "An earthy pinot with aromas of forest floor, cherries, mushrooms and lemons with hints of licorice. Fresh and medium-bodied with easy tannins and a savory, simple finish." (2021 vintage)

Matt Ward "A bit brooding at first, this takes a minute to open up. Baking spices, blueberry and cassis, reveal lifted red fruits and cinnamon, wrapped up in toasty oak. The palate is medium bodied with juicy red cherries, soft acid and fine chalk tannins. (2020 vintage)

CamDouglas MS "Youthful, varietal, a core of fruit, dark roses and a plush enticing complexity. Equally enticing on the palate with a core of dark red berry fruit flavours - black currant, dark cherry, some plum then toasty barrel spices of clove, vanilla and a touch of cedarwood. Firm tannins and plenty of acidity provide the foundation for ageing and fruit to rest upon. Lengthy finish and a wine that is very youthful and needs cellar time." (2020 vintage)

Bob Campbell, The Real Review "Bright, fresh pinot noir with floral, rose petal, cherry and subtle spice flavours. An appealing, easy-to-drink wine, with an ethereal texture and vibrant flavours. Simple and distinctive. Good varietal definition." (2020 vintage)

Angus Hughson " perfumed aromas and sweet red fruits with a dark, earthy underbelly. Mid to deep cherry in colour, fruits are fleshy and generous. Cherry compote, damp earth and spice with toasty oak in play. The palate is then juicy and savoury – meaty, ground spice flavours over a bed of dark cherry fruits. It’s on the oaky side for pinot noir so best matched up with flavoursome dishes such as coq au vin. " (2020 vintage)

Bob Campbell "Bright, fresh pinot noir with floral, rose petal, cherry and subtle spice flavours. An appealing, easy-to-drink wine, with an ethereal texture and vibrant flavours. Simple and distinctive. Good varietal definition." (2020 vintage)

QWine "Dark cherry, blackcurrants, mushrooms, even a hint of truffle get things on the move. A drying Pinot but there's a lighter side to it. Easy drinking, you'd kick back with this riverside watching the worries of the world float by. " (2020 vintage)

New Zealand Wine Rater "A subtle bouquet with herbal, minty, meaty aroma s, showing sulphides. Dark fruit conserve, bramble, gummy bears, and blueberry notes. A medium-full bodied wine with a fruity, generous mid-palate, and plenty of acidity." (2020 vintage)

Bob Campbell "Gently seductive pinot noir with cherry, plum and other red fruit flavours together with violet, floral, fresh herb and mixed spice characters. Smooth-textured with a backbone of very fine tannins." (2019 vintage)

Marlborough based award-winning winery, Catalina Sounds is known for wines which harness the purity and vibrancy of Marlborough’s climate and landscape. The name Catalina Sounds evolved from the majestic Catalina flying boats that played a vital role across the South Pacific during and after World War II.

Marlborough is by far New Zealand's most important wine region. Situated at the north-eastern tip of the South Island, this dry, sunny region produces around three-quarters of all New Zealand wine. It is particularly famous for its pungent, zesty Sauvignon Blanc - widely considered by critics to be the best Sauvignon currently produced anywhere on the planet. Commercial-scale viticulture began in Marlborough the 1970s – it conquered the world within 25 years!

Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now produced in wine regions all over the world, including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand.

The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah.

1 x Catalina Sounds Sound of White Pinot Noir 2020 - Marlborough, New Zealand

93/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Real Review
92/100 Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot
Bronze - QWine
Bronze - New Zealand Wine Rater
90/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Real Review (2017 vintage)

Bronze - International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards (2017 vintage)

Campbell Mattinson, The Real Review "Most of the grapes are from a 16-year-old hillside vineyard, with a small amount from five year-old vines on the flat. Quite a dense, rich and fleshy red with floral, violet, dark cherry and plum supported by gentle tannins. "

Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot "This Single Vineyard Pinot Noir is a good illustration of why Marlborough is a hugely underrated region for pinot. It’s got everything fans of this variety are searching for – perfumed aromas and sweet red fruits with a dark, earthy underbelly. Mid to deep cherry in colour, fruits are fleshy and generous. Cherry compote, damp earth and spice with toasty oak in play. The palate is then juicy and savoury – meaty, ground spice flavours over a bed of dark cherry fruits. It’s on the oaky side for pinot noir so best matched up with flavoursome dishes such as coq au vin."

QWine "Dark cherry, blackcurrants, mushrooms, even a hint of truffle get things on the move. A drying Pinot but there's a lighter side to it. Easy drinking, you'd kick back with this riverside watching the worries of the world float by. "

New Zealand Wine Rater "A very youthful, primary, un-evolved wine right no w, that's deep purple in hue, and somewhat subdued on the nose. As it opens with air time there's lots of chary oak, and blueberry fruit with a hint of cinnamon, and mace. Perhaps more Syrah-like than Pinot right now. Closed, primary with acid, and tannin dominating on the palate. Difficult to evaluate right now and begging for more time."

Campbell Mattinson, The Real Review "Well made, classical Marlborough pinot noir with typical red fruits, dried herb and subtle earthy-savoury flavours. A medium-bodied red, with a core of sweet fruit balanced against fine, drying tannins." (2017 vintage)

Decanter World Wine Awards "Juicy, open, floral, lifted and aromatic with great purity and hints of cherries, pencil shavings and oak-derived spice. Well-made with a persistent finish." (2017 vintage)

Marlborough based award-winning winery, Catalina Sounds is known for wines which harness the purity and vibrancy of Marlborough’s climate and landscape. The name Catalina Sounds evolved from the majestic Catalina flying boats that played a vital role across the South Pacific during and after World War II.

Marlborough is by far New Zealand's most important wine region. Situated at the north-eastern tip of the South Island, this dry, sunny region produces around three-quarters of all New Zealand wine. It is particularly famous for its pungent, zesty Sauvignon Blanc - widely considered by critics to be the best Sauvignon currently produced anywhere on the planet. Commercial-scale viticulture began in Marlborough the 1970s – it conquered the world within 25 years!

Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now produced in wine regions all over the world, including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand.

The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah.

1 x Greenhough Pinot Noir (Organic) 2016 ~ Nelson, New Zealand

Winestate Magazine, 5 stars

Organic

Yvonne Lorkin “....notes abound in this plush, strapping pinot from their vineyards in Nelson’s Hope sub-region......Rosehip and rooibos tea merge with cocoa, cherry and soft leathery.”

Winestate Magazine “.....Excellent concentration and length..... wild raspberry and red berry fruit notes”

The Winemaker "Attractively aromatic. Summer berry-fruits, citrusy, floral notes and a lightly spiced, herbal fragrance. Suggestive of the outdoors. Earth, mushroom notes evolve as the wine opens in the glass. The palate is vibrant and brightly red-fruited with a light spicy savouriness and supple structure of well-bound tannins. There is a depth in the exotic guava and quince which have a secondary, preserve-like richness. A refreshing plum-skin tanginess and chalky, minerality balance these ripper flavours." (2016 Vintage)

Greenhough is a family-owned certified organic vineyard and winery established in 1991. Located at Hope, near Nelson at the top of the South Island, the home vineyard is planted in free-draining, clay-rich soils beneath the foothills of the Richmond Ranges. A combination of machine and hand-harvested fruit from the Home and Morison Vineyards Vineyard, both managed organically.

The Greenhough Hope Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 topped a tasting in the UK’s Decanter magazine of New Zealand Pinot Noirs earning it 5 stars and the Decanter Award.

Nelson is a small, little-known wine region at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, it enjoys a unique mesoclimate that is perfect for aromatic grape varieties. Established in 1841, Nelson was the South Island's first city. Early settlers planted vines, but the modern viticultural industry didn't begin to blossom until the 1970s. Nelson is now home to about 25 wineries, most small, boutique operations producing premium wines.

Though Nelson’s wine scene lacks the international recognition of neighbouring Marlborough, the region is practically swimming in award-winning vineyards. In fact, if you consider awards won per acre of vines, Nelson is the most acclaimed wine region in New Zealand. Nelson has a cool, maritime climate that is ideal for Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs, and Rieslings. It is protected on three sides by mountain ranges, which protect the vines against extreme weather.

A combination of machine and hand harvested fruit from the Home and Morison Vineyards Vineyard, both managed organically.

Though Nelson’s wine scene lacks the international recognition of neighbouring Marlborough, the region is practically swimming in award-winning vineyards. In fact, if you consider awards won per acre of vines, Nelson is the most acclaimed wine region in New Zealand. Nelson has a cool, maritime climate that is ideal for Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs, and Rieslings. It is protected on three sides by mountain ranges, which protect the vines against extreme weather.

1 x Amisfield Pinot Noir (Organic) 2020 ~ Central Otago New Zealand

96/100 Cameron Douglas MS
94/100 Bob Campbell MW
94/100 QWine
95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2019 vintage)
95/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2019 vintage)
92/100 James Suckling (2019 vintage)
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards (2019 vintage)
93/100 Bob Campbell (2018 vintage)
93/100 The Winefront (2018 vintage)
93 /100 Cam Douglas (2018 vintage)
91/100 Decanter World Wine Awards (2017 vintage)
90/100 Wine & Spirit Magazine (2017 vintage)
16/20 Jancis Robinson (2016 vintage)
93/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 vintage)
92/100 Wine Spectator (2015 vintage)
91+/100 Stephen Tanzer (2015 vintage)
91/100 Vinous by Antonio Galloni (2015 vintage)
91/100 The Wine Front (2015 vintage)
91/100 Decanter World Wine Awards (2015 vintage)
90/100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW Wine Advocate (2015 vintage)
90/100 Wine Enthusiast (2015 vintage)
16.5/20 Jancis Robinson

5 Stars Michael Cooper
Silver - San Francisco International Wine Competition (2017 vintage)
Silver - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards (2017 vintage)
Bronze - International Wine Challenge (2016 vintage)
Bronze - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards (2016 vintage)
Gold - International Wine Challenge (2015 vintage)

The Real Review Recommended
"Organic Winery of the Year" - NZ Organic Wine Awards

Cameron Douglas MS "Distinctive, varietal, earthy and mineral with a line of new French oak spice and barrel toast. Aromas and flavours include a classic Otago savouriness with bracken and crumbled stone outlined by dark cherry and fresh raspberry flesh, plum and then baking spices of vanilla and clove. Tannins add structure and plenty of mouthfeel as does the acidity. A wine still very youthful and developing slowly, but also complex and lengthy."

QWine "Organically farmed, there is plenty of depth but it's not weighty. Slick and silky, dark plums and dark cherries and flanked by pan juices, dancy delicate spices and some mushroom compost. An earthiness cruises through the mid-palate adding another level of interest before grippy, drying cocoa tannins ride out to a sustained finish. I'll have a glass thanks. No, make it two. Smart gear."

Michael Cooper "Concentrated richness and mushroom-like earthiness – juicy and succulent in the palate with cherry sweetness, a sultry savouriness, a touch of chocolate and fruit cake spices – very attractive and generous.

Bob Campbell MW "Luscious, concentrated pinot noir with a mix of floral, plum, dark cherry, cassis and spicy flavours. Dense, silken-textured wine with an unmistakable Central Otago signature. A heady wine that is delicious now but no rush." (2019 vintage)

Cameron Douglas MS "Tense, ripe, varietal and loaded with primary fruit and mineral energy. Bright red and dark cherry, raspberry and redcurrant. Baking spices of oak with a vanilla and cedar suggestion, a whisper of bacon then a quiet wood smoke moment. Quite powerful and youthful on the palate with fruit flavours that reflect the nose, an abundance of tannins and acidity add texture and energy. Lengthy finish with a primary, fruit centric power and contrasting wood and acid structure. Plenty of minerality this wine needs more cellar to really showcase its personality and pinosity." (2019 vintage)

James Suckling "Rich spiced-cherry and fresh red-plum nose with raspberries, violets and smoked-meat elements. The palate has vibrant plum flavor and a smooth sheen of fine, velvety tannin. Fresh and balanced." (2019 vintage)

Bob Campbell MW "Bright, youthful pinot noir with red rose, floral, dark cherry, anise, dried herb, thyme and spicy oak flavours supported by peppery tannins. An elegant wine with obvious cellaring potential" (2018 vintage)

Cam Douglas "Ruby and purple core with a purple rim, bright and shiny appearance. Very youthful bouquet with primary fruit aromas of plums and cherries, moderate intensity scents of oak, fleshy, young, savoury, pretty and inviting. On the palate - Dry, fresh, savoury and textured with a mix of fine to firm tannins, plenty of acidity and a core of fruit. All the raw energy of this wine is on show and needs time to settle in more and begin to harmonise - this is best completed in a cool dark cellar. This wine is also fresh, lively, packed with pinosity and charm and will reward those who decant for service or better still age a little longer with best drinking from later in 2021 through 2026." (2018 vintage)

Decanter Magazine "Highly Commended .......draws you back to the glass again and again. A fine texture and freshness" (2016 vintage)

Bob Campbell MW "A well-proportioned pinot noir.........firmly structured pinot noir with plum, dark cherry and a savoury, earthy, stemmy influence. " (2016 vintage)

Stephen Tanzer "This highly aromatic Pinot Noir finishes with sophisticated tannins and lovely length and grip......From very old gravelly glacial deposits, with little topsoil; vinified with wild yeasts and 10% whole clusters: Fresh medium red. Sappy aromas of wild raspberry, cherry, pepper and menthol. Juicy, dry and youthfully closed, with its intense red fruit flavors energized and supported by a firm mineral unpinning." (2016 vintage)

Wine Spectator "Lush and plush, with raspberry coulis, black cherry compote and red licorice flavors that are robust and juicy. Fresh earth, clove and sage notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2026." (2016 vintage)

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate "Medium-bodied, it delivers a lot of red and blackberry character supported by soft tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing earthy.....Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir gives a nose of black cherries, red currants and red plums with hints of underbrush and violets." (2014 vintage)

Amisfield was established in 1988 and has built up a reputation for quality wines, especially Pinot Noir. Their state-of-the-art purpose built winery is the focal point of the vineyard, and gathered global attention when visited by Will and Kate on their Royal tour of New Zealand.

Established in Central Otago, Amisfield produces beautiful pinot noir and aromatic white wines sourced from fruit grown on its Estate vineyard beneath the Pisa mountain range in the Cromwell Basin. Over 80ha is currently planted, and the majority of the vines are over ten years old. Amisfield philosophy is simple: minimal intervention in the winemaking process and ultimate fruit purity.
Amisfield is currently in conversion to full organic certification with New Zealand’s leading body, BioGro.

1 x Dog Point Pinot Noir (Organic) 2019 ~ Marlborough, New Zealand

95/100 Bob Campbell MW
95/100 Angus Hughson
94/100 James Suckling
93/100 Tom Cannavan
91/100 Vinous
90/100 CellarTracker
17/20 - Jancis Robinson
96/100 - Bob Campbell (2017 vintage)
95/100 - James Suckling (2017 vintage)
94/100 - The Wine Front (2017 vintage)
91/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2017 vintage)
17.5/20 - Vinum (2017 vintage)
96/100 - James Suckling (2016 vintage)
94/100 - The Wine Front (2016 vintage)
91/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2016 vintage)
94/100 - The Wine Front (2015 vintage)
94/100 - Jamie Goode (2015 vintage)

Organic

Bob Campbell MW "Supple, vibrant, organic pinot noir with cherry, violet, blackcurrant leaf, spice, anise, and subtle nutty oak flavours. High-energy wine with impressive purity. An elegant and youthful pinot noir with obvious cellaring potential."

James Suckling "Attractive, earthy and spicy aromas are wound seamlessly into bright, red and darker cherries. This is complex and fragrant with dialed-in oak. The palate has impressively intense red-cherry flavors with succulent acidity and smooth, fluid tannins. Composed finish."

Vinous "An understated Pinot Noir that is self-assured on the midpalate. It has a lovely sense of sinew, providing a chalky tension through the midweight core, which is emphasized further by the streak of cool-climate acidity. This isn't fruit-forward; it's a more savory expression, with high violet notes providing the top line of the score and subtle herb and cedar notes (30% new French oak) bringing up the base. Already starting to drink well, this has the structure to evolve from now to the mid-term. Drinking window: 2021 - 2028."

Angus Hughson "Of the new releases from Dog Point this wine was the pick. But if you plan on drinking it young give it some air, either in the glass or a decanter to enjoy all it has to offer. Bright mid cherry red in colour, it opens up with aromas of the forrest – spice, earth, truffle and undergrowth providing a savoury start. But then pretty aromatic fruits start to emerge – beetroot, dark cherry, star anise and potpourri all underpinned by well chosen oak. It is beautifully complex and, most of all, superbly balanced. The palate continues on that earthy, brooding line with tobacco, stalk and spice offset by fleshy dark cherry fruits. It is almost surprisingly tannic with strong structure and also a meaty/funky edge on a long and supple finish. Delicious and great value Kiwi Pinot."

Tom Cannavan "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."

Jancis Robinson "Paler and less blue than the exceptional Dog Point 2017 Pinot Noir. Transparent garnet. Sweet, violet-scented fruit. Very gentle, delicate and nuanced but not quite as compelling as the 2017. It's savoury and dry – there's no distracting sweetness, no beetroot quality, no obvious oakiness. Very light vegetal note but it's fully ripe fruit. So neat! You could certainly enjoy it now but I suspect it might be even better next year. Amazing that one producer can be so good at both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and pretty smart Chardonnay too."

Bob Campbell "Deliciously fruit pinot noir with plum, dark cherry, anise, spice and nutty oak flavours among the more obvious descriptors. A dense wine with underlying power and obvious potential but dangerously drinkable now. This must be one of Marlborough's most consistently top reds. And it's organic" (2017 Vintage)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "The medium-bodied 2017 Pinot Noir is taut and tight, with subtle notions of green rose hips entwined with white strawberries and tart raspberries. Endowed with silky tannins and ample concentration, it should improve over the next couple of years and drink well for up to a decade." (2017 Vintage)

James Sucking "This is very convincing, complex and downright impressive pinot noir. The intense aromas of ripe-cherries and plums are framed in such intensely attractive oak spice and earthy, sous-bois complexity. The palate has regal, polished and powerful tannin and carries a vibrant core of very attractive, rich dark cherries." (2017 Vintage)

James Suckling “Impressive structure and concentration. Terrific complexity in the mix here, too. Blueberries and mixed cherries on the nose and palate with a terrific layering of plush, assertive tannins and a fresh, vibrant kick into the finish.” (2016 Vintage)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "Medium to full-bodied, with a rich, velvety mid-palate, it finishes dry and firm...Subtle cinnamon and clove notes appear on the nose, along with black cherries and cola shadings." (2016 Vintage)

Oz Wine Review 2019 “Part of the secret to this label’s success is the Dog Point Vineyard itself, which is one of the oldest privately owned vineyards in Marlborough. Planted by Ivan and Margaret Sutherland back in the late 1970s, it remains not only the backbone of the Dog Point label but also a key source of fruit for a whole swathe of premium Marlborough producers.”

James Suckling “Impressive structure and concentration. Terrific complexity in the mix here, too. Blueberries and mixed cherries on the nose and palate with a terrific layering of plush, assertive tannins and a fresh, vibrant kick into the finish.”

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "Medium to full-bodied, with a rich, velvety mid-palate, it finishes dry and firm...Subtle cinnamon and clove notes appear on the nose, along with black cherries and cola shadings."

The Real Review "Dog Point Vineyard, one of Marlborough’s brightest stars."

Bob Campbell "A small family owned, boutique winery located in Marlborough, New Zealand – New Zealand’s premium wine growing region. Dog Point Vineyards produce wines that respect the natural integrity of the land from which they are made and, reflect the experience and passion of the people that make them."

The Real Review "Dog Point Vineyard, one of Marlborough’s brightest stars."

Organic wines are made from grapes grown without pesticides, following strict organic standards. Organic wines are produced in vineyards that do not use synthetic chemicals.Certified organic wines have been certified by Biogro New Zealand. 

It was an exciting day for wine lovers when Cloudy Bay's former viticulturalist and winemaker Ivan Sutherland and James Healy decided to go out on their own. Dog Point vineyards were some of the earliest to be planted in Marlborough and thus have some of the oldest vines in the region. Dog Point is named for the sheep-herding history of the area.

Organic philosophies drive Dog Point's approach to wine growing and in March 2012, 150 hectares of Vineyards were certified organic by BioGro New Zealand, with another 60 hectares certified as C1 (2 years in conversion). A flock of around 2,000 sheep including Romney, Perendale Cross and Merino Wiltshire Cross are grazed in the winter to keep the grass low and fertilise as they go.

Marlborough is New Zealand's most important wine region by far. Situated at the northeastern tip of the South Island, this dry, sunny region is home to over 500 growers and produces around three-quarters of all New Zealand wine.

In recent years, the region's earliest Pinot Noir vines have come of age, and are now producing some first-class wines. Marlborough Pinot Noirs are generally lighter and fruitier than those from Otago and Martinborough.

Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now adopted in wine regions all over the world including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand.

The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah.