17.5 Points – Jancis Robinson "Bright ruby. Tarry nose. Sinewy texture à la North Rhône. Very polished. I would find it impossible to guess this was not a northern Rhône if it were served blind. Wonderfully fresh, succulent and satisfying."
Bob Campbell "Deep, intense wine with strong pepper/spice and oak supported by dark berry with hints of floral characters. Quite firm tannins give a drying and almost bitter chocolate finish. Powerful syrah with great cellaring potential."
95 Points – Bob Campbell "Dense, vibrant and youthful Syrah with raspberry, black pepper, violet, leather and cigar box flavours. Powerful and slightly edgy wine with a structure of fine tannins and gently tangy acidity. Will age well."
International Wine Challenge: Gold 2017
Hawkes Bay A&P Wine Awards 2016: Gold
#35 in James Sucklings Top 100 NZ Wines 2017
97 Points - Bob Campbell
Dense and powerful Syrah with impressively rich flavours of chocolate, plum/dark berry, liquorice, cracked black pepper and spicy oak. I rate it slightly ahead of the more structured and highly celebrated wine from the 2013 vintage and I believe it will cellar at least as well despite being more accessible now.