Black Collection




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 2015


100% Pinot Noir (hand harvested)


50% Bendigo, 35% Gibbston & 15% Bannockburn


Grant Taylor

Bottling date

May 2016

Technical analysis

Oak: French oak 12 months – mix of Mercurey, Francois Frères & Ana selection Alcohol: 14%

Winemaker's notes

The Bendigo fruit contributes ripe berry flavours & masculine structure; Brannockburn gives delicious Otago cherry notes & wild thyme spice. The grace of the Gibbston fruit completes the wine giving it gorgeous floral notes, bright acidity & tremendous length. 2015 was a cooler vintage showing more red fruit, perfume & the classy, elegant appeal of timeless Pinot. Captivating in its youth, this wine will continue to deliver grace & intrigue and reward those with patience.