Impression Red Reviews

2017

92/100 – The Real Review
Bob Campbell – Master of Wine
Delicately aromatic blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc with mixed berry, fresh herb, and subtle floral and violet flavours. Very approachable. Made with a light touch. A clever wine from a tricky vintage.

4.5 STARS – 2021 Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines
Wine Writer – Michael Cooper
The vibrant 2017 vintage (4*) is a rare (1,323 bottles) Hawke’s Bay blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deeply coloured, with an attractive, spicy fragrance, it is fresh and fruit-packed, with generous plum, berry and spice flavours, oak complexity and finely balanced tannins. Already enjoyable, it should be at its best 2022+.

2016

4.5 STARS – 2019 Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines
Wine Writer – Michael Cooper
This distinctive, attractive blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is full-coloured, with a fragrant, berryish, slightly herbal bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, it is vibrantly fruity, with strong plum, red berry and spice flavours, showing good complexity, and fine-grained tannins. Highly enjoyable.

New Zealand Herald – 2018 Viva Magazine
Emma Jenkins – Master of Wine
A perfumed fruit-rich red with structured brambly dark berries and plums, fine-grained tannins and a long, elegant finish.

92/100 – The Real Review
Bob Campbell – Master of Wine
Smooth-textured and moderately dense red dark berry, cedar and subtle crushed herb flavours that are so well integrated it’s difficult to define individual flavours. The wine is more vinous than fruity. Great value.

2015

4 STARS – 2018 Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines
Wine Writer – Michael Cooper
Already drinking well, the 2015 vintage (4****) is a blend of Merlot (55 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (25 per cent), and Cabernet Franc (20 per cent). Matured for 18 months in seasoned French oak barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. It is full-coloured and mouthfilling, with ripe berry, plum and spice flavours, showing good complexity, and gentle tannins. Still youthfull, it should be at its best 2019+.

2014

4 STARS – 2018 Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines
Wine Writer – Michael Cooper
Enjoyable now but worth cellaring, full-coloured, it is mouth-filling, with generous, plummy, slightly earthy and nutty flavours, showing good freshness and complexity, and a well-rounded finish.

2012

4 STARS – 2014 Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines
Wine Writer – Michael Cooper
Full-coloured, it is mouth filling and fleshy, with blackcurrant, plum and slight tamarillo flavours, seasoned with spicy oak, and excellent texture and complexity. From a difficult season, it’s a very good effort

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