Judge Rock, Pinot Noir 2010
Five Stars Cuisine Magazine 2012
Gold Air NZ 2011
Gold Decanter WWA 2012 DWWA2012
Gold IWSC 2012 IWSC 2012
"Deep glowing crimson red. Wonderful floral perfumes, peony, violet and loamy earth scents. Walking over wild herbs, thyme and marjoram. Strawberry, cherry and loganberry aromas, sprinkled with red pepper. All these wonderful scents display in the mouth into a cornucopia of flavours and textures, harmoniously and beautifully structured. Elegant and superbly silky, what a joy to taste."
Judge Rock 2006 Pinot Noir
Five Stars("outstanding") UK Decanter Magazine Sept 2008-one of seven 5 star Pinot Noir from 154 tasted from the best of New Zealand.
Neal Martin of Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate awarded 90/100. s“An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character”. refer Robert Parker
Five stars and Best Buy Christmas 2007 edition of Cuisine Magazine New Zealand
Gold Medal Liquorland Top 100
Silver Medal Bragato 2007
Silver Wine NZ International 2007
Silver Medal International Wine and Spirits Competition 2008
Also in the July 2008 WINE NZ magazine our Pinot Noir was scored in top six in under $35 price range.
"I tried your 2006 Pinot Noir with barbecue roast lamb last night - it was great. Smooth and well balanced. Everything the label promised." Francis Weaver, Wellington.
Nice deep colour, smoky-spicy kinda funky nose. Intense fruit on the front palate with cherry tamarillo, currant and liquorice. Showing textural layers, richness, depth and complexity. Lots of nice dried culinary herb notes with well integrated oak. Tannic streak to finish. Dry with good weight body and length.
Judge Rock, Pinot Noir 2007 Elite Gold Medal Air New Zealand Awards 2008
Joelle Thompson Mind Food Magazine 12 December 2008
Another gold medal winner at this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards, this Central Otago Pinot Noir is a clear stand out. Juicy fruit flavours couple with spicy aromas and a long finish.
Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007
"This tiny wee pinot producer barely features on the national radar, but I’m hoping that’ll change because man, can they make the good stuff. Earthy spices, sandalwood and forest-floor notes hit the nose and a seam of savoury, mushroom cuts through the cherry and dried herb flavours on the way to a smooth, slippery, persistent finish. Perfect with chargrilled venison rubbed with cocoa."
Dark cherry, chocolate and spice introduce the aromatic sensation. Complex, silky and bustling with great fruit weight and savoury nuances, this wine will please plenty of Pinot fans. Its, sumptuous and lasting with flavour and ready for your immediate consumption with loads of repeat visits through to 2011-12.
The 2007 was a small vintage with only 300 cases. The bunch weights were 40 grams with very small berries.
$35.00 order now to avoid disappointment.
Judge Rock Pinot Noir 2008
Blue Gold Medal and Top 100 and Sydney International Wine Competition 2011 judged in October 2010.
The Top 100 Wines carry the distinction of being in the top 5 per cent of the wines . The Sydney International Wine Competition is one of the few wine competitions in the world to award trophies to wine for their compatibility with food. Judged by an international panel of wine experts, the aim is to help consumers choose pleasing wines to complement dishes they enjoy at their dining table.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW eRobert Parker
"Pale to med ruby-purple colour. Dusty, earthy warm strawberry and sour cherry aromas. Crisp acidity, low to medium level of silky tannins, medium+ body. Good concentration and balance. Long finish."
Winemakers notes-Fresh dark cherry and omega plum fruit with subtle savoury notes followed by a refreshing long and fine finish.
Judge Rock Pinot Noir 2009
Silver Medal Australian Boutique Wines Awards 2010.
Silver Medal International Wines and Sprirt Challenge (IWSC) 2010
Bronze Air NZ 2011
Judge Rock, Pinot Noir 2009
"Quite a lot of smoky, schisty quite mineral character here, with fine, refined raspberry fruit. Keenly focused on the palate with a juicy cherry acidity giving a real edge, and very crisp, fresh tannins. Delicious stuff, a little infill of smoky oak adding some silky depth. 91/100. "
Venus Pinot Noir 2008
Silver Medal New Worls Wine Awards, Bronze Medal NZ LL Top 100
Elegant Pinot Noir, nice colours with red and purple hues, flavours include red fruits, violets, savoury mushroom and earthy notes with layers of silky soft tannins.
Review by Angus Hughson
" Wish" Magazine 6 August 2010
"The best Central Otago pinot noirs manage to deliver layers of sweet fruit flavours while retaining freshness and perfume, all of which are found in this subtle example.
Aromtic black cherry spice and mushroom aromas with supple mid weight palate fininshing fragrant and long. Delecious with confit of duck."
Judge Rock, Rosé 2011
100% Pinot Noir grapes,10/5 and Dijon clones, were harvested on April 16 2011 especially for Rosé.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed lighly settled in tank for fermentation.
This Rosé has 5gram residual sugar and is in a dry style.
The wine has aromas of nectares peaches and strawberries with a buscuit note from the leess contact similar to a Chardonnay.
This is a truly romantic wine perfect for an intimate light lunch or the long summer evenings.
Best served slightly chilled.