Black Collection

2016 Awards



Full, dark ruby-red colour, a little paler on the rim. The nose is firmly concentrated with a well-packed heart of ripe, dark-red berry and plum fruit aromas entwined with complexing dark herbal elements, a little earthiness and nutty oak, unfolding dark-red florals. This shows good volume with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and well-concentrated flavours of ripe, dark-red berry and plum fruit flavours melded with dark herbs, hints of spice and liquorice, earthy and nutty nuances adding detail and interest. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction providing structure and grip, with balanced acid freshness. The palate has good drive and carries to a long and sustained finish of berryfruit and herbs. This is a rich and finely concentrated Pinot Noir with dark-red berry and plum fruit and herbal detail on a grainy-textured palate with drive and length.

18.5 out of 20 points

Sweetly fruited and seductively savoury at the same time, this gorgeous pinot shows dark cherry, plum, cedar, cocoa and warm spice aromas on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that is plush and fleshy. The wine offers awesome fruit weight and roundness, wonderfully enhanced by silky texture and loads of polished tannins.

95 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.