2018 Boneline Waimanu Pinot Noir

95 Points Cameron Douglas MS
In stock
A superb expression of Waipara Pinot at its best. With some of the oldest vines in the valley, Boneline are making stunning advances. The Waimanu is the perfect expression of Waipara's strengths with gently ripe fruit and subtle spicy, umami themes in a complete varietal style. Defining the high-quality mark for Kiwi Pinot at this price, the Waimanu is highly recommended.
$49.99 in mixed 6+ or $54.99 per bottle


Pinot Noir

Its Origins

Boneline are a Waipara operation with a serious focus on terroir. Waipara’s lime-rich soils and nearly identical climate to Chablis allow Boneline to explore stylistic bridge points between the more restrained French and more brightly fruited characteristics of New Zealand terroir wines. The name Boneline itself invokes a network of ideas linking their wines and terroir to the primordial history of the site, directly referring to fossilised fish bones that have been found around the Waipara River - which also appear on their labels - and indirectly referring to the lime in the soil, itself a residue of fish calcium that forms the various bone-like substrata of many Waipara vineyards and makes the region such a special place for wine. Bringing to their work a broad range of human and marketing as well as winemaking talents, Boneline look set to define new possibilities for their exceptional place and its offerings.

What The Critics Say

95/100 Cameron Douglas MS

"Fantastic bouquet with aromas of mineral and sense of place first, then red berry fruits of cherry and red plum, light delicate sweetness of barrel then a lifted rose scent showcases complexity and charm. On the palate - youthful with plenty of tension and poise, but showing an underlying core of varietal light red fruit flavours, fine chalky textured tannins, decent acid line and fine savoury dried herb moments. A lovely wine with charm, elegance, flavour and texture. Best drinking from late 2022 through 2028+." Drink 2022 - 2028+

94/100 The Wine Front, Mike Bennie (2016 vintage)

"Sweet cherry, faint raspberry scents, a touch of amaro and blood orange. Really like the perfume. Glossy and bright in the palate, sour cherry flavours here, so pure-feeling, effortless glide, soft, brisk, herb n orange-y finish. It’s lovely, does balance well, does length well, and satisfaction plus." Drink 2018 - 2027

Jo Burzynska (2014 vintage)

"For me the jewel in The Boneline's crown is the elegant Waimanu pinot noir. Its silken red cherry and cranberry fruit is infused with aromatic notes of sweet spices and florals, along with mineral and subtle savoury undertones, underpinned by bright acid and fine tannins."

Variety Pinot Noir
Region Waipara
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2021 - 2028+

This Wine Goes Well With

with DUCK



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