Deeply colored and oozing rich dark fruit – a virtual bowl of ripe black cherries, blackberries topped with a dollop of grandma’s homemade plum jam. An opulent interpretation of Marlborough Pinot layered with evocative fragrances of cloves, star anise, tea smoke and a hint of gaminess. The palate is generous with ripe fruit, fine tannins and a delicious spicy finish.
This has impressive richness and concentration, whereby darker cherries and sweetly spiced earthy nuances run through the nose to an effortless, pillowy palate texture. The tannins here are smartly wrapped around ripe plums and dark cherries. So seamless and long. Drink now to 2025.
From several different plots, all of different Pinot clones, the fruit was kept separate and partially whole-bunch fermented with wild yeast, then aged separately in medium-toast French oak, 40% new, for 18 months. It was then blended, fined and bottled. It has a lovely bright cherry nose, followed on the palate by some tarry oak, dark chocolate and fresh red fruits. The oak is dominant at the moment, with a fuller, richer, woodier character than the 2012, but it should settle down to reveal the purity of the fruit beneath.
Kevin Judd's 2015 Pinot Noir is in the dark-fruited style of the vintage, marked by notes of black cherries, cola and spice. It's only medium-bodied, with silky tannins and crisp acids, but it shows the concentrated character found in many of Marlborough's 2015 Pinots. It should drink well for up to decade.
Robust and expressive, offering a spicy, campfire edge to the plum and cherry flavors, with shades of herb, spice and cola, backed by muscular tannins. Drink now through 2028.