A single vineyard wine off the 20 year old Sauvage Vineyard vines in Bannockburn (Central Otago).
"The vineyard itself is located under hills once prized for gold in this region, now cloaked in wild thyme and rosehip. The land below is widely sought after for Pinot Noir and the foothills are framed with vines. Lifted notes of bright red and blue fruits, violets and earthy spice , along with aniseed and darker herbals. The textural palate is elegant with a supple mouthfeel and structural tannins. This wine shows layers and expression benefiting from some time in the glass. Cellaring to 10-12 years." Winemaker's notes.
"Delicious drink, all the pedigree. Fresh and dried cherry scents, kirsch, milk chocolate, raspberry liquorice and brambly herbal notes to sniff on and taste. Supple texture, a creaminess for sure but with cool acidity finishing things and milk chocolate yet lightly powdery tannins lending some shape and length. It’s mellow, flows beautifully and feels delightful as it sits in the palate. Moreish stuff, but with lots happening too."
94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.