Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2008 Pinot Noir has a medium ruby-purple color and pronounced cherry and pomegranate aromas with supporting notes of cranberry, cloves and pepper plus a hint of fresh beet root. With medium-high acid, a medium level of velvety tannins and moderate concentration, it gives a long red berry laced finish. Drink it now to 2015. (Oct 2010)
Winemaker Allan Johnson aims for a "ripe, full and rich" Pinot Noir. In recent years the wines have won many accolades. Most recently the 2000 vintage won the Winestate Pinot Noir of the year in 2002 and the 2001 vintage was awarded the only New Zealand gold medal at the 2003 London International Wine Challenge.