A new wine, and the ‘kid sibling’ to Isle. Intrigue is a wine blended from all 8 clones off our Isle Vineyard. Named after the famed Tassie racing yacht built in secret in 1984, in the shed that is today our winery. Intrigue is a slightly lighter framed expression of our site. High toned, with a complex mix of blue fruits and fragrant spices, making for an exhilarating rush to the senses. Intrigue has a plushness that is both highlighted and tamed with the natural tension between fruit, acidity, and tannin. A wine for the hedonist in us.
"Intrigue! Named for a pretty successful yacht that was hidden away in a shed when the Isle Vineyard was not a vineyard. Anyway, this is a new name for the standard estate wine, made from all eight clones planted on the vineyard.
Ripe red fruits, blood plum, blonde tobacco, exotic spice, caraway seeds. A deep and rolling Pinot Noir with earthy flavours and spice, a sappy tamarillo tang, firm and sooty tannin, maybe emery board too, dried flower and cherry, distinct sort of ‘mineral’ feel, intense flavour, long and firm to close, almost heading into a Central Otago sort of thyme-laced and brooding intensity. Not shy, but very good."
95Pts, Gary Walsh, Winefront