Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2019

New Zealand
Central Otago
WS94, VAG90
Pinot Noir

Generous and juicy wild strawberry, cranberry and spiced cherry flavors start off flashy and mouthwatering, but then settle into a harmonious spicy mix of tobacco, clove and oolong tea, with details of chicory and forrest floor that linger on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2034. - WS94

The blended wine—Felton Road's 2019 Pinot Noir—includes components from four vineyards. It ended up comprising 20% whole clusters, with 27% of the blend matured in new oak. Scents of cedar and wintergreen accent black cherries and blackberries on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate adds some cola-like notes. For all the "dark" flavors, it's lively and vibrant, supported by silky-textured tannins and mouthwatering acidity on the long finish. - WA92

The Winery

Felton Road is a wine estate in the Central Otago sub-region of Bannockburn. It is one of New Zealand's best known and most highly respected producers, and its Pinot Noir wines are considered some of the best expressions of that variety in the New World. Felton Road also produces several wines from Riesling and Chardonnay.

The estate was orginally composed of three vineyards on warm, north-facing slopes in Bannockburn: the original Elms vineyard, the Macmuir vineyard and the Calvert vineyard. Elms was first planted in 1992 and is where most of the 'Block' series wines come from. Added to these is a 7.6 hectare (18 acre) Cornish Point vineyard, which became a part of Felton Road's holdings when it was bought in 1998 by Nigel Greening.

Felton Road harvests grapes by hand, and follows the minimal intervention ethos in the winery, with gravity-fed systems, wild yeasts and no fining or filtering of the red wines prior to bottling.

The Pinot Noir wines are all made the same way: around a quarter of the fruit is kept as whole bunches, and there is a 5-10 day cold soak before a wild ferment. After fermentation, the standard Felton Road Pinot Noir spends 11 months in barrel, and the top wines spend 15 to 18 months. The Block 1 Riesling, Felton Road's top white wine, is grown on heavier soils and shows a rounder texture with tropical passionfruit flavors. - Information from Ellena Giuseppe website.

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