The label bears an eye-catching image of a duck hunter - that is, a duck dressed camouflage with a rifle slung over his feathered shoulder. The duck is the hunter, not the hunted. The image was done by New Zealand artist Joanna Braithwaite. Co-founder Wilson discovered the painting and instantly knew that it would be the ideal face for his wines. Wilson describes the duck in the label art as "the keeper of the estate, protector of the vines and calm champion of the wines." He also points out that no ducks were harmed in the making of the wines.
The 2018 Duck Hunter Pinot Noir was made from sustainably grown grapes grown in the Comely Bank Vineyard on Waihopai Valley Road, in Marlborough's Wairau Valley. The wine checks in at 13.3% abv and online prices range from $20 to $30.
This Kiwi Pinot Noir shows a light tint and an earthy nose with a hint of black tea and herbs. It does not smell bombastic, but there's more stuff there than the color might indicate. On the palate, dark fruit runs in front, with earth and spice in tow. Again, not a showoff, but heftier than Burgundy. It's a real treat which should please Pinotphiles as well as those not so inclined.