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Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir 2012

R3,495

Felton Road Block 3 is equivalent to a New Zealand’s Royalty – Pioneer of biodynamic practices in Central Otago, this wine has the aromatic richness, structure and ageworthiness of the best Burgundy Grand Crus

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir

Producer

Other Producers

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2012

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

New Zealand

Critics Top Rating

97 points

Story

Story

Five Star Winery Rating – Seventh Great Pinot Noir Classification 2014, Matthew Dukes & Tyson Stelzer. 9th, World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2018 – Drinks International

“Both of Felton Road’s Pinot Noirs are breakthrough efforts in New Zealand, and compete with the finest wines being made in California, Oregon and Burgundy’s Cote D’Or.” – The Wine Advocate (issue 122) Robert M. Parker, Jr, U.S.A.

“Eighteen years after being bought by Englishman Nigel Greening, Felton Road has gate-crashed the top 10 in the Most Admired list after debuting at number 13 last year, putting it hot on the heels of Villa Maria for the honour of highest-ranking Kiwi producer… Felton Road has a zero-growth policy for environmental reasons and the prestigious Central Otago Pinot Noir for which it is best known – along with its Chardonnay and Riesling whites – is sold principally on allocation, with loyal trade customers first in line… Greening’s business ethics mean he resists artificially ramping up prices as the Felton Road reputation grows.” – Drinks International

“Felton Road wines is located in Bannockburn, Central Otago in New Zealand, the most southerly wine growing region in the World. Here, vineyards are nestled into small macroclimates totally surrounded by high mountains, many of which are snowcapped all year round. Though the location is on the edge of sustainable viticulture these macroclimates consistently combine hot days, cool nights and long dry autumns: perfect for the creation of fine Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. The latitude of 45 degrees south is similar to the Willamette Valley in Oregon and some of the finest wine regions of France. Central Otago is New Zealand’s only wine region with a continental climate rather than a maritime one. This brings the risk of frosts but has the benefit of low rainfall and high sunshine hours. Of the five distinct macroclimates so far identified in Central Otago, Bannockburn, with its gentle north facing slopes and deep loess soils seems well suited to the production of complex Pinot Noir.”  Felton Road

Specifications

Specifications

Soil – “This wine is taken from Block 3 of Elms vineyard where a deep bench of glacial soil is interspersed with calcarious seams.

Grape Variety – 100% Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Every characteristic of this wine is pure Block 3; the crushed herbs are there, dancing with eastern spices and leather; the haunting raspberry purity of the front palate; the way the wine swells in the mouth; then the chocolate finish kicks in and simply refuses to leave. Precision reigns supreme throughout, allowing each phase to be explored and enjoyed.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Bob Campbell 97 points

Beautifully perfumed pinot noir that displays an array of flavours including plum, raspberry, wild herbs, mineral, and savoury/nutty/spicy characters that are indefinable. Elegant wine with a firm structure. Pinot noir made for the long haul – I felt slightly guilty unscrewing the cap after little more than a year since the grapes were harvested. A recent vertical tasting of Block 3 Pinot Noir covering nearly a decade demonstrated just how well the wine performs with bottle age. Bob Campbell, GT Wine Oct/Nov 2013.


James Suckling – 96 points

‘The boldness of this wine is always impressive and yet it seems to posses an amazing ability to seduce with flamboyant, undeniably delicious fruit. There is a deep and pure core of cherry fruit on the nose that is cloaked in plenty of dark hard brown spice, some cola and wild herbs too. The palate has depth, breadth and drive, really muscular and yet these long, noble tannins allow just enough soft fleshy fruit to emerge to make this wine almost irresistibly drinkable. The acidity brings juicy freshness to the finish, sappy and full of life, it trails a long and steady path, this is thrilling stuff.’ April 2014


Ralph Kyte-Powell 95 points

Felton Road’s 20-year-old vines are among Central Otago’s oldest. This elegant young pinot makes the best of them. Plum and dark cherry fruit, forest, cedar and spicy complexities mark a silky, intense, gentle wine of perfect balance.The Age Epicure, 29th Oct 2013.


Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 93+ points

Medium ruby-purple-colored, the 2012 Block 3 Pinot Noir is a little closed at this youthful moment yet reveals subtle notes of mulberries and black cherries with underlying suggestions of damp earth, aniseed, cloves and cedar. Medium-bodied and very taut at this stage, it delivers a great intensity of fruit while remaining elegantly styled by a lively acid backbone and low to medium level of fine tannins. It finishes with great length. Drink it 2015 to 2022+. October 2013

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