92 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2010
($50) Good full red. Pure but restrained aromas of raspberry, minerals, white pepper, rose petal and herbs; about as Chambolle-like as any New Zealand pinot I've tasted this year. Juicy, tangy and pristine, with lovely sappy lift to the red fruit and spice flavors. Offers a compelling combination of sweet fruit and inner-palate energy. Finishes sappy and impressively long, with spicy, peppery tannins.
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