The 2014 vintage began with a relatively mild winter followed by a warm calm spring, perfect conditions for a short flowering, good fruit set and healthy spring growth. Temperatures nose-dived in January, the coolest in ten years. Conditions in February and March improved and the temperatures were warm and stable. When most of New Zealand was being doused with heavy rain as the end of March and early April, Central Otago remained dry and unusually warm, counteracting the cool January.
The wine is bright crimson red and has aromas of pomegranates, cranberries, fresh cherries and dark cocoa powder. The palate is dark and brooding with a touch of savory forest undergrowth. A rich tannin structure melts into a velvety mouth feel.
88 Points – Best Buy Wine & Spirits
88 Points – Wine Spectator