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Duck Hunter Marlborough Pinot Noir 2022

Wine facts

Style Medium bodied with lot of fruit. Serve slightly chilled for a perfect light, fruity summer drink
Grape 100% Pinot Noir
Country New Zealand
Food Works well with lamb, pork and (of course) duck
Vegan Vegan Friendly.
Awards 92 Points, Cam Douglas MS (December 2022) Review


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Other Details

2022:  92 Points, Cam Douglas MS (December 2022) Review: “Very bright appearance with ruby and purple hues leading to a bouquet of pinosity and fruit intensity, varietal scents of dark cherry and crunchy red apple skin. Some black current scents with a quiet layer of wood spice suggesting vanilla. Dry, taut, youthful and lush with flavours that reflect the bouquet, some chalky tannins and acidity accentuate the core fruit flavours and carry them through the palate. Well made and ready to drink now through to 2027.” 

Single vineyard Waihopai Valley grapes (sub region of Wairau Valley, Marlborough) harvested March 2022. Once crushed and de-stemmed, they go through a 5 day cold soak before warming and inoculating. When the ferment warms to 32 degrees, the grapes are then hand plunged twice daily to extract colour and flavour. As a fruit forward style, there is limited oak in the maturation process.

This medium bodied Pinot Noir offers ripe cherry aromatics, smooth tannins and a lingering savoury finish. The hints of minerality and spice will intensify with age.

Drink now or cellar for 3-5 years.

Works well with lamb, pork and (of course) duck

13% Alcohol; 3.5 pH:


Bottled September 2022 - awaiting 2023 show results




***91 Points*** Wine Spectator review 2019

Gold Medal 92 points - (World Wine Championships Chicago 2019)

Gold Medal 91 points - East meets West Wine Challenge (Santa Rosa 2019)

Silver Medal - (San Diego Winemaker Challenge 2019)

Silver Medal - (Las Vegas International Wine Competition 2019)

Silver Medal - (New World Wine Competition La Verne CA 2019)

Silver Medal - (Sunset International Wine Competition Sonoma 2019)



Gold Medal and Best Pinot Noir Trophy - 2016 (Marlborough Wine Show 2017)

Bronze Medal - 2019  (NZ International Wine Show 2019)

Bronze Medal - 2019 (Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2020)

Bronze Medal - 2018  (NZ International Wine Show 2018)

Bronze Medal - 2018 (Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2019)

Bronze Medal – 2016 (Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017)

Bronze Medal – 2013 (Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015)



2019 Vintage

Wine Enthusiast January 2020, 91 Points

"Translucent in the glass, the nose bounces with fresh red berries, crushed flowers and spices. The light-bodied palate is delicate yet textured, supported by a soft line of talc-like tannins. Overall, this makes for easy summer sipping." 

2018 Vintage

January 2019 - The USA Tasting Institute 

GOLD MEDAL - 92 Points - Exceptional

"An intriguing spicy and savoury pinot with a come hither personality and a rewarding finish." 

January 2019 - USA 2019 International Winemaker Challenge

SILVER Medal - 94 points 

February 2019 - Wine Spectator 

Awarded 91 Points by MaryAnn Worobiec 

"Supple and elegant, offering fresh strawberry and cranberry flavors that mingle well with mineral and fresh herb accents. A note of matcha lingers on the finish, with powdery tannins."  


Review of 2016 Duck Hunter Pinot Noir by wine critic Dean Major. 

February 2017

Duck Hunter Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016 is a well made, varietal, crowd-pleasing, medium bodied reminder that Marlborough produces considerably more than just sauvignon blanc. The wine is dry without being arid, its fine tannins and a hint of lightly charred oak giving it just enough grip and backbone to prevent it from being too soft. This delicious pinot noir is no cherry-berry fruit bomb, but is savoury, moreish and very drinkable.

Made to be drunk in the short term, Duck Hunter Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016 will develop for a couple of years after vintage, then hold for a couple more. Why wait.

Our 2016 was GOLD medal and TROPHY winner at 2017 Marlborough Wine Show