Foxes Island Pinot Noir 2008 (6 x 750mL), Marlborough, NZ.

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I get one chance each year to make the most exceptional Pinot Noir I can...and with Pinot, there's no room for error. – John Belsham

The fruit was grown on the Belsham Awatere Estate. Densely planted, the vine yields are minimised and the fruit is meticulously hand tended.

NZ - Marlborough
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

Marlborough, North Island.

Really enjoyed tasting this succulent, immediately appealing wine. The nose is wonderfully seductive with creamy notes of dark fruits and cherry. Once sipped there is an obvious power that attacks the palate as the spiciness of the oak shines through with time.

Will Lyons' Top 10 New Zealand Pinot Noirs - Wall Street Journal (JUN/2013)

The 2008 Foxes Island Pinot Noir has a pale to medium ruby color and intense cranberry and red currant aromas with some spearmint and moss covered bark. Medium bodied, there’s a good amount of red berry flesh with a low to medium level of fine tannins and high acid to support. The finish is long. Drink it now to 2014.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (OCT/2010)

Ruby-red in colour with pale garnet hues on the edge, this has a full, fragrant, bouquet of ripe strawberries, raspberries and cherry liqueur, the aromatics showing elegance and delicacy. Refined, fine-grained and delicate in extraction and textures, the red floral flavours are allied to darker berry fruit notes, complexed with savoury dried herb and oak notes. The fruit dances across the palate with precision and is kept in excellent tension by the acidity. Bright, lifted fruit are sustained on the long finish. Reminiscent of Chambolle-Musigny red burgundy, this will match mild Asian cuisine and roast duck over the next 5-6+ years.

5 Stars - Raymond Chan

Winery Tasting Notes


This succulent wine has aromas of violets and English rose with seductive flavours of mocha, dark fruits and subtle toasty notes supported by rumbling, long tannins.


Enjoy the wine today or allow it to age gracefully over the next ten to fifteen years.

January 2010.

NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

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John Belsham

A native New Zealander, John Belsham never sought to be a winemaker; rather winemaking found him.  As a university student, Belsham traveled to Europe with friends in 1977. Eventually finding himself in Bordeaux, he sought out a vintage job at Chateau Saturnin, a small winery in the Medoc.  With an aptitude for science and a naturally keen wine sense, he was asked to stay on as a winemaking apprentice.  Quickly becoming fluent in French, Belsham spent 5 years as the understudy of Adrian Tramier, a meticulous winemaker who taught him the art and science of the trade. 

Returning to New Zealand with a passion for wine, Belsham set out on a clear career path and was appointed assistant winemaker at Nobilo Vintners in 1982. A rising star, he soon became the sole charge winemaker at Matua Valley and arrived on the Marlborough scene in 1987, when he was appointed winemaker at Hunter Wines. 

Realising winemaking space was at a premium, Belsham established Rapaura Vintners in 1990; the first dedicated contract winemaking business to be established in New Zealand.  With the tanks full in the first year, the client list was an impressive read.

While Rapaura Vintners was in full operation, Belsham founded his own label Foxes Island in 1992 to focus on exquisitely made, regionally expressive wines; exactly what he had learned to do in France.  In 2000, Belsham divested his share in Rapaura Vintners to dedicate more time to Foxes Island, his new Awatere vineyard and his expanding consulting practice.

In addition to Foxes Island, Belsham owns the winemaking consulting group, Wine Focus and Marlborough Oak Imports Ltd, the exclusive NZ barrel importer for Dargaud & Jaegle and Marc Grenier.

A highly sought after international wine judge, Belsham is a wine consultant to Air New Zealand and the Wine Panel Chair for Cuisine Magazine's wine reviews.  

Belsham is the Chair of the New Zealand Screw Cap Initiative and was a board member of Pinot Noir New Zealand 2010.

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