Welcome to the Pinot Noir World Tour. Join us as we explore the best of France, Germany, USA, New Zealand and Australia. The complexity, quality and diversity on display in this six is truly first-class. Your Passport to the world of Pinot is here; boarding has commenced.
This case includes one bottle of each of the following:
HIRSCH VINEYARDS San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2019
PROPHET'S ROCK WINES Cuvee aux Antipodes Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2019
DOMAINE HENRI MAGNIEN Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Lavaux St Jacques, Gevrey-Chambertin 2019
THORLE Hölle Spätburgunder, Rheinhessen 2019
FELTON ROAD Block 5 Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2020
LEVANTINE HILL Colleen's Paddock Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 2017
Wonderful purity of fruit to this with ripe-strawberry, citrus and raspberry aromas that follow through to a medium to full body with very intense, powerful tannins that show strength and structure. Vibrant acidity. This needs time to soften. Blend of various vineyards on the site.
96 points, JamesSuckling.com (August 2021)
This is a fresh, salty, crisp and focused wine from the beautiful coastal site. It is stone-like in texture and brimming in sea air. Rose, raspberry, black tea and clove rise to the fore of the deft, silky palate, finding cohesion and grace.
96 points, Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast (April 2022)
The 2019 Pinot Noir Cuvée Aux Antipodes is ex–Comte Georges de Vogüé maker François Millet's Kiwi venture in collaboration with Prophet's Rock. It's a dense, smooth and texturally refined Pinot Noir with floral and black cherry fruit. The powerful structure and muscular yet refined bendigo tannins are honed with a pared-back extraction regimen, but this remains a carefully controlled, naturally robust wine. Within its core, there is rich concentration of both substance and tannins, making this a wine for the long haul. Patience will be rewarded.
97 points, Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (April 2022)
A fragrant nose of dark cherries, blueberries, dried flowers and spices. Crushed stones and tea leaves, too. Medium-bodied with tightly knit tannins and bright acidity. So pure, mineral and focused with a very fine texture. Drink or hold.
96 points, JamesSuckling.com (December 2021)
The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux Saint-Jacques 1er Cru has a flamboyant bouquet of kirsch, crushed stone, orange blossom and black truffle, the 30% whole cluster neatly enmeshed. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and great delineation on the finish. One of the most saline of Magnien’s cuvées. Excellent.
94 points, Vinous (December 2020)
Fine mid purple, softer and less mineral than the Cazetiers but a really enjoyable wine with a luscious dark raspberry mouthfeel and good length. This is one of the more accessible Lavaux St-Jacques that I have tasted from 2019.
(91-94) points, Inside Burgundy (October 2020)
This pinot noir masterpiece announces Rheinhessen’s arrival on the list of wine regions where this grape variety is capable of the highest sophistication. So deep and finely nuanced with ravishing sweetness that sweeps you off your feet. Then comes the enormously complex finish where the fine tannins build to a breathtaking crescendo. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
99 points, JamesSuckling.com (August 2021)
Intensely aromatic with a mix of plum, violet, cherry, dried herb, wet slate and mixed spice flavours. A complex, harmonious wine that gives equal prominence to all of its flavours without allowing one to dominate. Needs time to fully express its potential.
97 points, The Real Review (September 2021)