Anthem Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
Subregion: Gibbston Valley
Region: Central Otago
Soil Type: Schist derived, windblown alluvial loess
Viticulture: NZ Sustainable Certified
Growers/Manager: Dave Henderson / Jase Thomson
It was a particularly special year for this traditionally cooler sub-region and the result is a sublime red cherry, raspberry and violet expression of Pinot Noir, chaperoned by a suite of savoury, sappy undertones. Wild fermentation, 50% whole-cluster inclusion and a low-toast oak regime gives elegance, complexity and structure to the wine. Maintaining our minimalist philosophy, we bottle without filtration which means nothing is taken away though a natural deposit will occur over time.
95 Points - Outstanding. "Ripe, intense, richly scented, varietal and fruity bouquet with aromas of ripe dark cherries and plums. There’s a definitive dried herb, savoury complexity - classic Otago message - then aromas of smoky oak with a quiet clove baking spice suggestion. All the action for this wine is on the palate - it’s delicious with a detailed story of spices and fruits, textures and length, concentration and a sense of place. Tannins are fine and polished, oak has a nut-like quality alongside the toast-wood. The core of fruit finishes with a floral note - a flick forming part of a lengthy youthful finish. Fabulous drinking now and through 2026+. Definitely a wine of discussion." Cameron Douglas MS 22/08/2020
94 Points "Elegant, supple pinot noir with floral, dark cherry, five spice and grape stem flavours. A surprisingly approachable wine with restrained power. It should develop well." Bob Campbell MW 26/8/2020
92 Points - Outstanding "Top 10 + second highest score in report for NZ)
"A moderately high-toned nose reflects the whole clusters with its intensely
floral characters along with spice hints on the cool red berry fruit scents.
There is good vibrancy and delineated medium-bodied flavors that possess fine
depth and length on the balanced finish that is supported by bright but not
drying acidity. Lovely and solidly age worthy. 92/2026+" Allen Meadows (Burghound)
93 Points “Before you take a slurp, enjoy the nose of this over a few sniffs, because it keeps changing, evolving from violets to anise, cedar and sweet damson. This is a very relaxed wine style; there's no sense of trying to be something it’s not. The tannins are resolved, providing a fine powdery veil, while juicy acidity floods the mouth on the medium-long finish. Already accessible and will continue to evolve for at least 4–7 years.” Rebecca Gibb MW for Vinous Media, March 2021.
93 Points "Attractive and well-executed, modern pinot style here with gently meaty reduction, spicy and toasty oak and bright red cherries, all nicely wound together. The palate has a very plush, smoothly layered and supple feel with bright red-cherry flavors. Impressive shape and depth here. Drink or hold. Screw cap." Nick Stock | JamesSuckling.com November 2020
View Tasting Notes - 2018