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 a very serious, thought-provoking wine that shows what New Zealand Pinot Noir is all about - and has the critical acclaim to back it up. The famous rocky soils of Martinborough and cool maritime climate provide ripe but complex fruit. This wine has big, bright red/black cherry and raspberry aromas, with a hint of minerality and herbs. This vintage has some serious structure, with the focused and pure spicy, black peppery, dark cherry fruit showing a firm backbone of strong natural acidity and fine and firm tannins. The flavors are strong in the mouth - there is plenty of fruit here. The intense finish is very impressive, with a bit of minerality and a hint of tea - quite complex. A very serious wine, this could use a year or two of bottle age, but would be very drinkable now with a good decant.