93 POINTS! James Suckling, 2015 Vintage
"A brilliant wine that showcases the prowess of merlot in Hawkes Bay, the violet-like florals are entrancing and the array of blueberry and plum fruits on offer nicely framed in some earth and chocolate. The palate is seamlessly delivered as a sweeping mat of fine tannins. Flavours twist from berries to stony minerals as it closes. Drink now. Screw cap."
92 POINTS! Wines & Spirits, 2013 Vintage
"Based on merlot (73 percent), this blend includes malbec, cabernets sauvignon and franc. These vines grow in the warmest and stoniest sector of Gimblett Gravels, a quarry left behind by 19th-century floods. In 2013, the vintage was warm and dry enough to build a luscious texture out of fully ripened tannins, while the fruit remains cool, with scents of fresh herbs and plummy brightness. It’s a refreshing contrast and a firm, juicy testament to Bordeaux varieties grown in the right place."
91 POINTS! Wines & Spirits, 2010 Vintage
"This gravel quarry at Hawkes Bay is just warm enough to mature merlot, lending its aromas to a high-toned perfume and ripening its tannins to a soft cushion of pleasure. Blended with small amounts of cabernets franc and sauvignon along with a touch of malbec, this has a gentle structure and willowy red fruit. The flavors are not long, but they leave a coastal freshness in their wake. Duck wine."
90 POINTS! Wines Enthusiast, 2009 Vintage
"For a wine that's akin to a Pomerol in varietal composition, with 80% Merlot and most of the rest Cabernet Franc, this is surprisingly muscular in style, with dusty tannins framing dark fruit and hints of vanilla, mocha and cinnamon. Drink 2013–2018."