Kusuda is one of my favorite producers, not just of New Zealand, anywhere. Imagine you are in the fruit department of a major Tokyo department store, and you look at the individually packaged apples. Each apple looks the same; same size, same colour, same ripeness. This is how the grapes enter the fermentation at Kusuda. Everything is done by hand, very small volume, high reject rates.
The overall impression of the 2014 Kusuda Pinot Noir is absolute harmony. This wine is dark fruited, intense and pure flavours of black cherry and black olive. The wine is beautifully crafted and elegant on the palate. The oak is seamlessly integrated. Balanced acidity provides drive to the long finish which almost delivers a Burgundian peacock tail.