Marlborough Pinot Noir






Blended from two select vineyards, Waihopai Valley, in Marlborough's Wairau Valley, and Dashwood, in the Awatere Valley sub region of Marlborough. 


The grapes are extensively green thinned at mid veraison to ensure even ripeness. 

Machine harvested early morning, the grapes are crushed and destemmed at the winery and go thru a 5 day cold soak before warming and inoculating with D254. The ferment is allowed to warm to 32 degrees, the grapes are then hand plunged twice daily to extract colour and flavour. Once dry the wine is inoculated with malolactic bacteria for secondary fermentation. As a fruit forward style there is limited oak in the maturation process. The wine is stabilised and was bottled in September 2019.



Pink rim and pale crimson core


Aromatics of ripe cherry, crushed flowers and hints of oak/tobacco   


Smooth powdery tannins, strawberry/cranberry flavours mingle with fresh herb accents.



Drink now or age over the next 3-5 years

Serve slightly chilled for a perfect light, fruity summer drink




Residual Sugar




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



 0 g/l

 5.6 g/l


6 x 750ml cartons


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