2019 Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir
The 2019 vintage was a stellar one in Central Otago, winemaker Blair Walter barely able to contain his enthusiasm for the wines, stating “These are without doubt some of the most thrilling wines we have yet made.” Perhaps their best ever vintage the quality shines through in this Bannockburn Pinot Noir.
Aged for 13 months in French oak barrels, 27% of which were new, sourced from Burgundian coopers. Deep dark red black tinged core with a purple red hue. The highly perfumed nose sees violet, ripe dark cherry, red plum, strawberry and anise scents soar out of the glass with lightly smoked cedar, a faint whiff of clove and spicy incense like notes ensuing. Immensely rich and pleasurable the seductive palate is layered with dark cherry, ripe plum and anise fruits that have a slippery textural feel. They meld into strawberry, toasty cedar, subtle dried herb and spice elements. Magnificent power wave with silky smooth tannins and an energetic freshness to the very long moreish aftertaste.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.