Six 5-star reviews from Sam Kim of Wine Orbit

Wine Orbit Wine Review by Sam Kim

In March 2020, we were thrilled to receive six 5-star reviews from Sam Kim of Wine Orbit.

Sam is now widely regarded as the new Raymond Chan of New Zealand wine reviewers and you know how highly Raymond was regarded!

With Sam's permission, we reproduce his reviews below. Enjoy the read.

Have you tried these wines? Do you agree with Sam's comments? 

Ostler Pinot Gris 2018

94/100 - 5 stars

A gorgeously styled pinot gris for grownups; the inviting bouquet shows white flesh nectarine, fresh pear and white floral aromas with a hint of spicy complexity. The palate delivers terrific weight and textural mouthfeel, beautifully supported by bright acidity, finishing long and expansive. At its best: now to 2024. $27.00.

Ostler Audrey's Pinot Gris 2016

96/100 - 5 stars

This is irresistibly appealing on the nose showing golden peach, mango, baked pear, thyme and anise characters with a lovely oatmeal nuance. It’s concentrated and weighty, while remaining stylish and structured, offering layers of delicious flavours and rich textures. Elegantly opulent. At its best: now to 2028. $37.00.

Ostler Lakeside Pinot Gris 2018

95/100 - 5 stars

This is stunning, complex and engaging. The bouquet shows ripe stone fruit, rockmelon, poached pear, orange peel and flinty characters, followed by a superbly concentrated palate that delivers outstanding depth and persistency. It’s refined and sophisticated with a sense of restraint, finishing impressively long and alluring. At its best: now to 2030. $37.00.

Ostler Gewurztraminer 2018

94/100 - 5 stars

Finely perfumed and elegantly exotic, the wine shows fig, mango, lychee and subtle rose petal aromas on the nose, leading to a beautifully rounded palate that’s silky and lingering. It’s textural and tantalising with excellent varietal expression, finishing gorgeously long and silky. It’s rich yet refreshing, making it fabulously drinkable. At its best: now to 2026. $32.00.

Ostler Pinot Noir 2017

94/100 - 5 stars

Sweetly fruited and instantly appealing, the wine shows dark berry, fragrant spice, toasted almond, dried herb and subtle game characters on the nose. It’s gorgeously polished and supple on the palate with fleshy texture and silky mouthfeel, leading to a lingering satisfying finish. At its best: now to 2025. $35.00.

Ostler Caroline's Pinot Noir 2016

97/100 - 5 stars

An outstanding wine of exceptional balance and harmony; the richly expressed bouquet shows Black Doris plum, spiced cherry, hazelnut, olive, cake spice and smoked meat characters, followed by an impressively concentrated palate that’s mouthfilling and delicious. It’s stacked with ripe fruit flavours and velvety texture, together with savoury nuances, making it gratifying and mesmerising. At its best: now to 2030. $67.00. 


5 stars: 96-100 points, exceptional quality exhibiting highest level of concentration and complexity.

5 stars: 93- 95 points, outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type.

4.5 stars: 89-92 points, excellent quality showing high level of concentration and balance.

4 stars: 85-88 points, very good quality displaying attractive flavours and good balance.

3.5 stars: 81-84 points, good quality, easy drinking with straightforward flavours.

Not all wines tasted by Wine Orbit are published including those rated below 3 stars.


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