98 pts James Suckling Dec 2018
Exceptionally complex, spicy and ripe, this delivers profoundly concentrated and pure black cherries with plenty of sweet spice and an ethereal, undergrowth edge. Smoothly rendered and delivered in a very deep-set, black-cherry palate. Inviting and dense, this really delivers in 2016. Superb. Drink in 2022.
95 pts Wine Advocate Issue #235 Feb 2018
From a closely planted vineyard on Te Muna Road, the 2016 Kupe Pinot Noir offers an incredible bouquet of lavender potpourri and ripe black cherries. It's full-bodied and rich without seeming heavy at all, the ripeness balanced by fresh notes of herbs and soft tannins. No doubt some purists will quibble with the level of ripeness (it's labeled at 14.5% alcohol), but to my mind, there is no arguing with the hedonistic pleasure ride this wine delivers. And while it's approachable now, the tannins that appear on the finish suggest at least a decade of positive evolution ahead.
94 pts Wine Spectator 10/15/18
Subtle, with details of talcum powder, white pepper and dried lavender up front, leading to pomegranate and wild strawberry flavors. A hint of sandalwood lingers on the finish, where the fine-grained tannins take on a gentle grip. Drink now through 2028. 300 cases made, 150 cases imported.