97 points Bob Campbell
Block 5 lives up to its exalted reputation in what appears to have been an excellent Central Otago vintage. A fragrant, almost floral nose with a the scent of dark berries, violet and wildflowers. Concentrated flavours on the palate with a stronger fruit focus together with a savoury, spicy influence. Obviously youthful but still approachable although the wine appears to have hidden depths that will be revealed in time. A smooth, rich texture adds appeal while a lengthy finish indicates impressive power.
94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Med to deep ruby-purple, the 2013 Block 5 Pinot Noir is youthfully mute on the nose with subtle cherry and pomegranate notes plus underlying plum and garrigue hints with some Chinese five spice and tree bark. Medium bodied and very earthy, it fills the mouth with densely packed savory layers and firm grainy tannins, finishing long.