Founded in 1998 by a foursome of Australian wine experts, this is modern New Zealand winemaking at its best. The winemaker, Larry McKenna, is called Larry McPinot because of his level of expertise with this varietal in New Zealand. This is his best wine; a deliciously intense, very serious and thought-provoking wine that shows what New Zealand Pinot Noir can be - and has the critical acclaim to back it up. The famous rocky soils of Martinborough and cool maritime climate provide ripe but complex fruit. There are intense, deep and complex aromas of lightly spicy, slightly earthy dark cherry with a hint of rose petals sprinkled on top. There is serious structure in this wine - plenty of intense and pure fruit, fine and sharp young tannins and natural acidity - all in the right ratios to ensure that this will develop nicely over the next ten years or so. And what fruit it is! Intense, pure and complex, with weight and texture; it lingers seductively in the mouth. The intense finish is very impressive, with a bit of minerality and a hint of oak - quite complex and long. A very serious wine, this could use a year or two of bottle age, but would be very drinkable now with a good decant and some patience. And if you are patient and can properly cellar this beauty, you will be rewarded with a remarkable bottle of Pinot Noir that shows exactly how good New Zealand wine can be. Which is as good as any in the world.