Price:  £17.50 | Case Rate: £16.25
Ex Tax: £14.58

Spy Valley - Pinot Noir 2014


  • 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 - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2011) VS: 88 (2011) JR: 16.5 (2011) WS: 89 (2013) BC: 87 (2009)

Wine tasting notes

Garnet. Red fruits, plum and sweet cherry are underpinned with fragrant notes of spice and dried sage Fruit forward with a long supple structure, licorice and cocoa notes are typical of our vineyard site.

Winery Information

Spy Valley

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 Valley,.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011)89 pts #203 Oct 2012 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Pale ruby-purple in color, the 2011 Pinot Noir presents aromas of black raspberries and black cherries with hints of cloves, cinnamon stick and chocolate. Medium bodied with plenty of expressive red and black berry flavors on the palate, it has a medium level of grainy tannins, lively acid and a long clove laced finish. Drinking nicely now, it should keep to 2015+.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2011)88 pts

Sep/Oct 13. By Stephen Tanzer. Pale-medium red. Lively aromas of cherry, raspberry, plum and spices; sappy and pungent in the way of a Beaujolais. Juicy, spicy and brisk on the palate, with penetrating red fruit and spice flavors. On the lean side but very refreshing. (A second bottle, rating 87 points, was a bit lower-toned and more diffuse in the mouth, but fresh enough and very easygoing.) (2011)16.5 pts

Tasted Oct 2012 - Leafy notes amid the ripe red fruit, crisp and vivacious. Very gratifying and brisk. Light brush of tannins adds just enough structure. (RH)

Wine Spectator (2013)89 pts

Strikes a nice balance of smooth, polished red berry fruit flavors and crisp herb accents, with fresh earth, a whiff of smoke and dried floral details.

Bob Campbell MW (2009)87 pts

Bob Campbell,, 4 Stars/87pts (2009) -" Moderately intense Pinot Noir with plenty of weight and plum/dark cherry  flavours. Silken smooth with a reasonably lengthy finish. Solid  varietal wine that delivers plenty for the price."

Vinification Notes

Fruit was hand picked from our own and two neighbouring vineyard blocks and fermented in open vats. Fermentation started naturally with 'wild' yeasts, after which the wine was pressed off the skins and aged in oak barrels for 8 months.