Cocooned by mountains on all sides, the Waitaki Valley wine-growing region lies 40km inland from the Pacific Ocean, stretching a mere 20km between Duntroon and Kurow on the southern flanks of the Waitaki River. Here, gentle north-facing slopes allow successful viticulture similar to Central Otago, with 1000 plus growing degree days. Unique to the region however, are the soils - free-draining river gravels, inter- layered with ancient limestone seabed. This combination of unique soil and climate gives Waitaki Valley wines their own distinctive personality; while still reflecting characteristics typical of Otago.
Niche warm north west sloping, 5-15°, vineyard consisting of ancient white limestone soils inter layered with Waitaki river gravels allows grapes to truly ripen in these southerly latitudes:- Cool climate viticulture on the edge. The result; rich, inky, dark cherry coloured wine with big bright sweet red fruit; intense aromas of cherry, cranberries and raspberry; with an earthen herbal note. Baked rhubarb and damson plums come through on this sweet, savoury palate. Pinot Noir with a strong backbone of chalky fine drying tannins and focused acidity. It’s nicely integrated, complex, with excellent balance and persistent length - Simply stunning!
95 Points - 5 Stars, Sam Kim; 4.5 Stars, Michael Cooper.