Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com, 88pts (2010) -"Invitingly pale salmon colour, and an appealing nose too with a touch of pomegranate and redcurrant, and a glimpse of earthy Pinot quality. On the palate it has a very nice fruitiness and weight, and a bit of tannin and power (this has 14% ABV), with spices and a certain richness playing against good, tangy orange fruit and acidity."
- Country: New Zealand
- Wine Region: Marlborough
- Wine Area: Johnson Estate
- Wine Maker: Paul Bourgeois and Kathy Lee Sowman
- Grape: Pinot Noir
- Grape Percentage: 100%
- Alcohol Percentage: 14%
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: Drink Now
Manuka smoked Atlantic Salmon. The aroma is reminiscent of coconut rough with fruit notes of plum, peach and strawberries. Refreshing and bright the balance is soft and refined with the promise of pleasant memories.
Bryan and Jan Johnson established the first of their 380 acres of estate vineyards in 1993. Pioneering what was then a Marlborough sub-region, the Johnsons’ Lower Waihopai development continued, with the fruit being grown and sold to other wine companies. In 2000, they began producing and selling wine under the Spy Valley label, its name derived from a nearby satellite communications monitoring station (or spy base). There are three ranges of wines within Spy Valley: Satellite, Spy.. read more
Bob Campbell, bobswinereviews.com, 3 Stars / 83pts (2010) -"Pale pink/orange in colour. Quite a full-bodied, creamy wine with warmth and a slight bitterness from high-ish alcohol. Ripe plum and berry flavours."
Pinot Noir grapes were hand picked, with a portion being pressed and the remainder drained off skins immediately after harvest. The wine was bottled following fermentation and 4 months ageing on lees.