Peter Finlayson has reviewed and tasted the vintage wine stock, selecting the finest vintages as coveted additions to private collections:
This is no doubt one of the fruitiest presentations of Galpin Peak in many years. It has an appealing fresh fruit structure with accentuated length and elegance on the palate. Fully dry, but soft & gentle with a touch of crispness. Flavours of cherry, blackberry & violets followed by an earthy spicyness. It is in harmony with its expectations.
South African Pinot Noir Trophy - Decanter, 2009
90 pts - Wine Spectator Magazine, 2010
This bottling reflects lots of plum and wild berry fruit, under layered by spicy French Oak upholding a gracious and persistent tannin structure. It has a rich core and promises added dimensions over a period of ageing!
93 pts - Wine Spectator Magazine, 2012
Vintage 2009 Sans Barrique has been naturally produced with an emphatic fruit purity and minerality, an unwooded Chardonnay. Great length from tantalizingly luscious acidity. Strong hints of peach and kiwi fruit with a few drops of lemon!
Showing both power and finesse it gives way to gentle flavours of black cherry, spice and strawberry. While very approachable at an early age it will mature handsomely over many years ahead!
Gold Medal - 6 Nations Wine Challenge, 2014