“A real fruit bomb, this North Canterbury red has
bold colour and a richly fruity boquet. The palate is sturdy
and crammed with sweet, ripe, plummy fruit flavours. French
oak - aged for 10 months, it’s still very youthful;
open mid 2003 +. NZ$39.”
Michael Cooper - Winestate Magazine July/Aug 2002
“Fiddler’s Green is a Waipara vineyard that
produced its first pinot from the 2000 vintage. This 2001
wine suggests Fiddler’s Green Pinot Noir has a great
future. The first striking impression of this wine is of deep
red colour and a rich boquet, with a trace of essential oil.
The herbal quality is absorbed as the wine opens up to reveal
smooth depths of sweet ripeness. This is the floral and fleshy
face of pinot noir. It may turn feral with age, as Burgundy
does, but right now it’s dark-eyed, demure and buxom.”
Tim Harris - NZ Weekend Herald,
July 20-21, 2002
Awarded a silver medal at the 2002 Bragato Wine Awards held
in Christchurch, New Zealand, September 2002.
“The epitome of what will make Waipara world famous
one day soon - fragrant, charming, sexy and expensive. It
smells deliciously feral and alive with appealing fruit that
reminds me of those little red-fleshed Christmas plums, and
it tastes like it too. It is the feel of this wine that gets
you really going, however, suave seductively soft and lingering
on like a gentle pinot breeze. Completely indulgent, with
some serious construction to keep red wine technocrats appeased.
Keith Stewart - New Zealand Listener
magazine, October 12-18, 2002 (page 44)
Awarded a Gold Medal and Trophy for the Champion Pinot Noir at the New Zealand Wine Society 50th Royal Easter Show, Auckland, February 2003. Described by James Halliday of Australia, the Deputy Chairman of judges of the show, "as a wine of elegenace and that was why it was the top Pinot Noir".