Dark purple with purple hues. Vibrant red currant, blackberry and raspberry, perfumed with violets, spice, oak char and dried herb. Sweet dark plum, cherry and blackcurrant with layers of leather, clove, tobacco and dark chocolate. Medium bodied and very complex with silky fine tannins and a long and concentrated red fruit finish.
95/100 Decanter World Wine Awards
2019 Gold Medal Ample ripeness of red fruits and charming aromas of violet, thyme and plum. Structured and silky on the palate, bursting with freshness, generous and ripe. Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
GOLD MEDAL NZ Wine of the Year Awards 2020 Gold Medal , 5 5 Stars 5 Stars Estate-grown in Alexandra, this is typically a great buy. From vines planted in 2003, the 2017 vintage (5*) was matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (28 per cent new). Still extremely youthful, it has deep, purple-flushed colour. A powerful young red, it has intense, vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, savoury and earthy notes adding complexity, firm tannins, and excellent freshness, density and length. Open 2020 onwards. Michael Cooper’s Wine Buyer’s Guide to NZ Wines 96 POINTS
96 Points - Bob Campbell MW 96 Points This is a classic Grasshopper Rock pinot noir with the volume turned up. It's richer, fleshier and more approachable than usual but has the distinctive cherry, violet, herb and mineral Grasshopper Rock signature.
92 POINTS 92/100 Top Picks - Decanter 92 Points This has great colour and is beautifully fragrant. It's fresh, elegant yet ripe, with gorgeous violet, blackberry and raspberry coulis flavours. Lovely skin and seed tannins coat the palate like cocoa powder, and there's no edginess evident. Drinking Window 2019 – 2030. Decanter, 24 Jan 2019