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Cuvée Aux Antipodes Pinot Noir 2018

The Cuvée Aux Antipodes is the meeting of two winemakers from the two hemispheres, Paul Pujol and François Millet from Chambolle-Musigny. The Old and the New World seemingly so distant, join here in a human and winemaking adventure with a common passion for Pinot Noir and the beauty of its terroirs.


The grapes were sourced from our Home Vineyard which is located on a high-elevation, steep glacial terrace in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. This stunning site has clay and pedogenic lime soil, featuring schist and quartz.

Cellaring will reward collectors over the next 10+ years from vintage.

Only 319 cases were made.


Complex, detailed and captivating bouquet of Pinot Noir – aromas and flavours of red fruits and wood spices – a seamless connection to earth & mineral layers. The texture is tense and very youthful – all locked up and not quite ready to reveal – but the quiver of spice and tannins with acidity and a core of fruit shows what’s to come. The wine is also very pretty with a rose and perfume scent, some wild dried herb and spice. Decant for service if you can’t wait. Best drinking from 2021 through 2027+.

Cameron Douglas, 98 points

Medium to full red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is restrained, floral, cherry and violet-like, subtly oak-tinged, while the palate has richness and pinot charm backed with ample fine tannins that persist long on the farewell. Traces of chocolate and vanilla. Impressive and intensity-focused on the mid-palate, then a long, savomy, fine tannin backed finish. Great potential. I'd like to see it in a few years: it should blossom with time in the bottle. (Fruit from the same site as previous vintages, at the home vineyard in Bendigo. 100% destemmed. 33% new oak)

Huon Hooke, 96 points

Details

Type:
Red
Varietal:
Pinot Noir
Region:
Central Otago
Appellation:
Bendigo
Vintage:
2018