FROMM Pinot Noir Fromm Vineyard 2015
97 Points , 5 Stars
"From high density, organically grown vines in the Wairau Valley. Average 18-23 years. Dense and quite firmly structured pinot noir with dark cherry, berry, spicy oak and very subtle fresh herb flavours. Elegant and obviously youthful wine that deserves a few more years in bottle before drawing the cork. I’ve scored it conservatively and would like to reassess in another three years."
"Winemaker Hätsch Kalberer describes this Marlborough red as 'not a typical New World style, but the truest expression of terroir you could find'. In the Fromm Vineyard near Renwick, in the heart of the Wairau Valley, many clones of Pinot Noir are close-planted on a flat site with alluvial topsoils overlying layers of clay and free-draining gravels. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for 18 months in Burgundy oak barrels (10 per cent new in 2015), and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Certified organic, the powerful 2015 vintage (5*) is sturdy and firm, with highly concentrated cherry, plum and spice flavours, ripe, savoury, complex and long. A 'masculine', very age-worthy style of Pinot Noir, it should be at its best 2020+."
97 points, 5 Stars
"The wine combines fabulous fruit purity with elegant savoury complexity, displaying dark cherry, plum, game, dried herb and black olive characters on the nose. The palate is refined and finely textured, offering terrific fruit concentration, brilliantly structured by plenty of delicately drying tannins. It is sturdy and firm, yet silky and seductive too. From the Wairau Valley; 6 barrels made."
"The nose is elegantly proportioned with firmly concentrated and intense, refined aromas of black-berried fruits and black minerals entwined with notes of liquorice and spices, unfolding a layer of dark herbs, black florals and hints of nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has intense and concentrated flavours of sweetly ripe black-berried fruits alongside black minerals and liquorice. Soft black florals, spices and suggetions of nutty oak add complexing detail. The wine is refreshing with lacy acidity, and very fine-grained flowery tannin extraction balances the fruit richness and intensity. The mouthfeel exudes excellent vitality, energy and drive, and carries to a long, concentrated, elegant and sustained , textural finish of black fruits and minerals. This is an intensely concentrated, very fine-grained Pinot Noir with flavours of black fruits and minerals, with vitality and energy, freshness and linearity."
Nick Stock, James Suckling.com
"A distinctive meaty edge with plenty of spices, too. Dried red cherries and a subtle earthy note combine with some meaty nuances, too. The palate has a wealth of tannin that really pins the wine down, and there's a savory, tannin-driven feel to the finish. Drink from 2020 to 2027."
"Quite a lush and vibrant bouquet with aromas of fresh cherry and yellow plum, no mistaking a mineral undertone with a stone and dusty rock suggestion; moderate oak with a layer of spice, a floral note of rose. On the palate - varietal, fruity, tense and poised; a youthful example just beginning to integrate; abundant, firm youthful tannins and plenty of acidity. A wine for the cellar still unless decanted. Best drinking from 2018 through 2028."