Black Collection

2016 Awards


2015 Reviews

This impressively fruited pinot shows wonderful aromas of dark cherry, plum, mixed spice and floral with nuances of vanilla and toasted hazelnuts. The palate is concentrated and richly fruited, while remaining refined and structured. A hugely appealing pinot offering excellent fruit power together with seamless mouthfeel and terrific length.

95 points

Dark, even ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, youthful in appearance. This has an elegantly presented nose with concentrated and refined aromas of dark red berry and black cherry fruit harmoniously melded with thyme herb layers and subtle whole bunch complexing stalk elements. Attractive black mineral detail unfolds with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is fine in proportion with concentrated flavours of ripe black berry and cherry fruit integrated with layers of thyme herbs and whole bunch stalk notes. Floral lift, mineral nuances and a suggestion of oak toast add complexing interest. The wine is very fine-textured with flowery tannins, and balancing acidity enlivens and enriches the mouthfeel. The wine flows smoothly to a long, lingering, sweet, black-fruited finish with herb notes. This is an elegantly concentrated, refined, black-fruited Pinot Noir with subtle herb and whole cluster complexities, and a fine-textured palate.

18.5/20 points

McQueen Pinot Noir 2016


100% Pinot Noir (hand harvested)


Bendigo, Gibbston & Bannockburn


Grant Taylor

Bottling date

May 2017

Technical analysis

25% whole bunch pressed Oak: 28% new oak 12 months in fine grain French oak. Coopers: Mercurey, Francois Frères, Ana Selection & Sylvain. Alcohol: 14%

Winemaker's notes

A shimmering garnet hue with exciting fruit & spice aromas ranging from cherry & boysenberry to wild thyme & mulberry with underlying savoury notes of cedar & mushroom. The palate is harmoniously layered with rich red fruit, intriguing spice, silky fine tannins & electrifying acidity. Sophisticated indulgence; power & grace - once again the McQueen Pinot showcases the best of three highly distinctive Central Otago sub-regions.