Neil Martin 93 points! "The 2016 Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir has more red fruit on the nose than the Bendigo Vineyard Pinot: wild strawberry, morello cherry and lovely redcurrant scents with just a touch of sous-bois. The well-balanced palate offers a fine thread of acidity, gentle grip in the mouth and good weight and superb delineation towards the finish. An excellent New Zealand Pinot Noir that should age in bottle."
Decanter (Anne Krebiehl) 94 points! "Gentle peony notes on the nose signal elegance and charm. The texture is of velvet: dense and taut with a gentle brush. The fruit is ripe and suggests mulberry and red cherry. Such an elegant expression of Gibbston, this is lovely and lasting, with real potential.
Jancis Robinson (Julia Harding) 17.5! "Own vineyard. 35–40% whole bunch. He uses different coopers for different subregions but 90% of the difference between his Gibbston and Waitaki Pinots is place or origin. Mid greyish crimson. Spicy sweet dark fruit. And has a nice light, dusty note. Fragrant, floral and delicate on the nose. Lovely rocky, dusty freshness. Opens up to more red fruit. Really fine tannins and freshness. Some crushed herbs but not at all green. Spicy floral is a characteristic of Gibbston Pinot now the vines are older, suggests owner-winemaker Grant Taylor. Real Pinot delicacy. Subtle length."