This wine was tasted alongside a 2005 Provenance Pinot from Geelong that actually lost little in the contest, the Provenance being lighter and softer but also delightful to drink.

Below are the winemakers notes on the Maude; and we agree. It is a quite stunning wine that probably needs to be cellared for a couple more years.
colour — Vibrant scarlet
nose — Dark berry fruits, ripe plums, subtle char with lifted hints of violets and wild thyme.
palate — A full rich Pinot Noir with complexity. Typical of Central Otago Pinot Noir, this wine has ripe concentrated dark fruit flavours. However, more interesting is the complexing characters in this wine evident as the forest floor and dried spice flavours. Combining these with savory long fruit tannins and well integrated oak has given rise to a wine we feel will reward careful cellaring.

This is still available in Sydney but the 06 is pretty hard to find. We have tried one of the 07 model and while very fine may not quite be as intense as the 06.