Pinot Noir 2021

“A vibrant, high-energy wine”, so the words of one of NZ’s leading wine writers.

Dive into this deep-tinted and deliciously scented Pinot Noir that speaks so vividly of its origin in the famous Moutere clay soils.


$28.00 NZD

Tasting Notes

Deep in colour, our Pinot Noir 2021 is beautifully balanced with layers of cherries, spice and savoury earthiness – a focussed wine of high complexity and finesse.

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A bright red plunger-tool just about to be pushed into an open fermenter full of dark Pinot Noir grapes.
Isabelle Schwarzenbach filling wine into oak barrels at the Blackenbrook winery.  In the background there are lots of oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.


4½ Stars Michael Cooper,

Offering fine value, the 2021 vintage was hand-picked from estate-grown, 20 year-old vines and matured for a year in French oak barrels.

Full, bright ruby, it is fragrant and mouthfilling, with concentrated, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing very good complexity and harmony, and supple tannins. Best drinking 2025+.

91/100 Bob Campbell MW,

Medium-bodied Pinot Noir with black fruits/plum, dark cherry/berry flavours plus a seasoning of spice and French oak. Intense wine that is deliciously drinkable now but no rush. Good value at this price 18 AUG 2023

Ursula Schwarzenbach chatting with a customer at a wine tasting.  In the background there is a large Blackenbrook sign.

The season

Mother Nature threw some hefty challenges at us with unsettled weather and gale-force wind in spring followed by a hail storm on
Boxing Day.  

The humid and cold conditions in December made pollination difficult, resulting in small bunches with far less berries than usual.

Luckily we dodged the worst of the hail storm in December and only the Pinot Noir suffered damage. 

In January the weather finally turned and the sun kept smiling down on us right into harvest. On 15 March we started picking beautifully healthy grapes of outstanding fruit concentration. Just smaller than wished for volumes…