Needle’s eye is a firmly concentrated, black fruited Pinot Noir.

Dark, deep, ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is well-concentrated and intensely packed with aromas of ripe, dark red berry and black cherry fruit, along with dark raspberries and a layer of violet florals, black minerals and subtle, complexing whole bunch herb and stalk perfumes.

Medium-full bodied, the palate is firm and elegantly concentrated with fruit flavours of black berried fruits, black cherries, unfolding waves of violet florals and black minerals. Subtle herb detail adds to the interest.

The wine follows a very fine-grained, firm and taut line with fresh, integrated acidity. This is smooth flowing with good underlying drive and energy leading to a concentrated, long-lingering black fruited and floral finish.

Match with beef, lamb, venison and semi-hard cheeses over the next 5-6+ years.

  • Vintage 2014
  • Viticulturist Jeremy Hyland
  • Winemaker Rowan Langdon
  • Alc / Vol 14.3% / 8.5 standard drinks
  • Bottles produced 2082

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  • Vintage notes


    After a healthy flowering and a good first halve, we had a nice warm run into February following cooler conditions. This helped the grapes to retain their acidity and fruit flavours.

    Harvest and winemaking

    All of our grapes were handpicked over a 3 week period. Then the wines had between 14 to 21 days on skins with an average of 15% whole bunch. Most of the wines are fermented with indigenous yeast from the vineyard.

    2014 vintage
  • Harvest & Winemaking
    • Clones
      • 667 13%
      • 777 38%
      • UCD5 3%
      • 114 9%
      • 115 17%
      • Abel 10%
      • AM 10/5 10%
    • pH 3.62
    • TA 6.3
    • Days on skins 14 - 21 days
    • Whole bunch 15%
    • Wild ferment 90%
    • Finings Yes
    • Filtration No
    • Maturation 10 months
    • New oak 38.0%