Wines in the single vineyard ENVOY range are selected from small micro-vineyard sites on our own estate blocks. ENVOY is the chosen representative at the highest level and presents accumulated knowledge and skill as interpreted by the winemakers. The wines are textural and complex, and honour the best winemaking tool of all - time.
The fruit for Envoy Pinot Noir comes from our oldest vines, in the area we call 'F Block.' Clay top soil, free draining gravel substrate, cool spring, warm dry summers and extended ripening combine with root stock, clonal selection and vine age to produce small bunches with concentrated flavours.
- NZ - Marlborough
- New Zealand
Pale to medium ruby-purple-colored, the 2011 Envoy Pinot Noir opens with aromas of kirsch, preserved cranberries and raspberry coulis dotted with nuances of violets, rose petals, dried leaves and cinnamon. The palate is bursting with loads of red berry and perfumed, spicy flavors and is nicely supported by medium level, finely grained tannins and exuberant acidity before finishing long and layered. Drink it now to 2017+. Rating 92+ eRobertparker.com
Plenty of oak – vanilla, cedar, spice – red and black fruit. Wine made, showy style featuring a ripe sweep of tannin, mixed berry fruit, toasty char and a firm finish of good length. Oak drags a little in the aftertaste.Rating 90 - Gary Walsh, Wine Front NZ
Excitement all round when this arrived. 'Well-balanced, sweet fruit follows a smoky, forest floor nose,' said team leader Nigel Lister. 'This is very vibrant, with lovely fresh red plum and raspberry fruit. Delicious, almost Chambolle-like,' added The Tate Group's Hamish Anderson. Good food matching potential – try with roast goose. The Sommelier Wine Awards
Medium to deep red colour with purple tinges. The aroma shows soft dark cherry and plum aromas, with a gentle but definite lacing of oaky spice. It has quite an aromatic perfume. Bright and upright in the mouth, with firmness from tannin and acidity. It's lively and firm - almost a trifle tough. It demands food, and would take some age well. Rating 90 - Huon Hooke
Still very youthful, the 2011 vintage is a powerful, ripe style, estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley and barrel-aged for 18 months. Full-coloured and sturdy, it has strong plum and spice flavours, a hint of liquorice, and a tight finish. Best 2015+ Rating 4 Stars - Michael Cooper's Buyers' Guide 2014
Ripe, fleshy Pinot Noir with plum, cherry, dark berry and spicy oak flavours. Full-flavoured and quite gutsy wine with a firm, drying finish. Needs a little time to mellow and develop even greater complexity. Rating 4 Stars - Bob Campbell MW
Winery Tasting Notes
Plum and cherry with signature cranberry and anise notes from this block.
Initially light but with deceptive structural weight, the mid palate is soft and sweet with abundant fruit. Spice and chocolate round out the flavour spectrum.
4 - 6 years
Medals & Trophies
Gold Medal - The Sommelier Wine Awards