2019 Felton Road Block 3 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.” Fruit sourced for their wines are fully organic and biodynamic viticulture, ensuring the highest quality fruit arrives at the winery. From there winemaking is intentionally hands off with gravity flow, wild yeasts, wild malo, and an avoidance of fining and filtration to help preserve the expression of its terroir.
Felton Road farms four properties totaling 32 ha in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago. This wine is taken from Block 3 of The Elms vineyard where a deep bench of glacial soil is interspersed with calcarious seams.
Powerful, elegant and potentially very complex pinot noir with floral, rose petal, dark cherry, plum, raspberry, five spice, dried herb and a suggestion of toasty oak flavours. The wine became more accessible as it sat in the glass and deserves to be aerated. An initial hint of sweet fruit is balanced by stemmy tannins that are more pronounced on an impressively lengthy finish. A great cellaring prospect.
Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review