Nga Waka Pinot Noir 2020
$35.00 inc. GST
Ten percent of the grapes were fermented as whole bunches, the balance were de-stemmed only. Maceration was 11-23 days. Malolactic fermentation occurred in tight-grain French oak barriques, 20% of which were new. The total time in barrel was 16 months.
A deep red/purple wine. A rich, succulent and powerful Martinborough Pinot Noir showing dark berry and spice flavours. The bouquet is underpinned by silky tannins and subtle, refined oak from barrel maturation.
Unfined and unfiltered. Suitable for vegans.
94 points – Cam Douglas MS
Primary, fruity, varietal, gently savoury and enticing bouquet. Signature aromas of dark red berry fruits of cherry and spicy plum, a fine savoury seam layers in complexity and depth, there’s a youthful energy and lifted sweetness of oak with a touch of wood smoke. Delicious on the palate, dry with a fine savoury layer, smoky tones and a core of fruit flavours that reflect the bouquet. An abundance of fine tannins adding a smooth texture with acidity of enhancement and contrast. Well made, still developing, but delicious. Best drinking from late 2022 through.
5 stars – Michael Cooper
Already delicious, the 2020 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at three sites, matured for 16 months in French oak barriques (20 per cent new), and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Full, bright ruby, it is mouthfilling, very sweet-fruited, savoury and supple, with generous, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity and harmony. A very ‘complete’ wine, it should break into full stride 2023+. Scheduled for release in early 2022, it offers irresistible value.
95 points – Bob Campbell MW
Attractively aromatic pinot noir with plum, violet, cassis, anise and spice flavours. Clearly the product of a good vintage with pronounced ripe fruit flavours and impressive concentration. Good value at this price