(From 2012 Vintage) Bright red with purple and crimson notes. An enticingly aromatic wine showing notes of dark cherries and strawberries with the alluring complexity of well integrated oak. Vibrant, fresh fruit flavors underpinned by nuances of sweet, smoky oak. Good firm tannins give the wine length and weight. You can savor the wine long after it has left your palate.
(From 2011 Vintage) Named after Rise-And-Shine Creek that runs through the heart of Central Otago’s once famous gold mining area. With most of the gold now gone, it’s Pinot Noir making this area famous again. We look for a wine with many layers and many flavours. The region yields dark, intense wine with purple touches, brooding and developing over time. We tend to use specific clones to give lovely hints of violet on the nose, backed by ripe cherry and slight smokiness. To describe this wine as "generous" requires contemplation, complex is a better word. Layer packs upon layer: cherry is backed up by raspberry, which is underscored by mulberry, ably propped up by rich mushroom, smokey hints, sweet fruit and a soft round finish. This one reads like "To Kill a Mocking Bird", more beauty is revealed every time it is revisited.
Wine Spectator(From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/04