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Felton Road - Cornish Point Pinot Noir 2017

Red Wine from Central Otago · New Zealand
Price: £53.95
Case Rate: £53.95
Ex Tax: £40.46
Country:
New Zealand
Wine Region: Central Otago
Wine Area: Bannockburn
Grape: Pinot Noir
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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Country:
New Zealand
Wine Region: Central Otago
Wine Area: Bannockburn
Grape: Pinot Noir
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

Ripe plum and an earthy savouriness are complimented with mocha and rose petal. The immediately inviting and generous mouthfeel is in the usual extroverted Cornish Point manner. However, every component is in superb balance with not a step out of place: a sign of things to come as vine age starts to dominate in this vineyard. Chocolate nut tannins flow across the palate building presence and scale. Like a favourite soft and comfortable sofa: easy to melt in to!

Winery information

Felton Road

FELTON ROAD
A legendary name in New Zealand!

Felton Road are an iconic winery in the heart of Central Otago, the most southerly wine-growing region in the world, located on New Zealand’s South Island. It was founded 1991 by Stewart Elms, but bought by current owner Nigel Greening in 2000. Nigel has had many callings - a biochemistry drop-out, turned rock and blues guitarist, and then design entrepreneur, involved in the UK millennium celebrations. A serious Burgundy wine lover, Nigel sampled a Pinot Noir during a trip to New Zealand in the late 1990’s and considered it the best new world example of this varietal he had tasted to date. And was this his epiphany! He thought ‘Yes! I can do that! He started reading everything he could about what would make a good site for vine growing and bought the Cornish Point vineyard with Alan Brady in 1998. Brady was famous for being the first man to plant Pinot Noir in Central Otago. However, Felton Road was always on Nigel’s agenda, and in 2000 he heard that it was up for sale, but that Elms had already had an offer. Nigel rang Brady and advised him to tell Elms that he was getting on a plane to New Zealand and not to sign anything until he got there. Nigel had a brief consultation with his wife, saying “I may be going out and spending rather a lot”, to which she replied “you made it, you spend it”, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Felton Road now have 32 hectares spread over four vineyards in Bannockburn, where the soils are ancient glacial loess and the entire estate is run biodynamically, with everything in the vineyard carried out according to the Biodynamic calendar.
Felton Road are Pinot Noir specialists, making five world-class examples – Cornish Point, Bannockburn, Calvert, Block 3 and Block 5, with the unique characteristics of each vineyard expressing its individual personality. They also make stunning Chardonnays and Rieslings.
The wines are made with assiduous care at Felton Road’s modern gravity fed winery ,with head wine-maker Blair Walter having experience in both Burgundy and Oregon.
Nigel still looks like a rock guitarist, and his superlative wines will certainly rock your world!

Victoria 03.03.20

Food matching

Surprise your Burgundy-loving friends with this elegant take on Pinot Noir. It makes a wonderful aperitif, and is also a great match for most vegetarian dishes, as it prefers lighter ingredients and simple and subtle preparations. Malcolm Gluck and Mark Hix suggest slow-baked plum tomatoes, carrot and cumin salad and tagliolini with wild mushrooms. It can also take on chicken and red meat dishes, though keep the preparation on the simple side, and won't fight with most cheese and fish.

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Vinification notes

The unique gravity flow winery enabled the grapes to be gently destemmed directly into open-top fermenters without pumping with 23% retained as whole clusters. Traditional fermentation with a moderately long maceration on skins has extracted good colour and tannin with considerable depth of flavour. This wine was aged for 13 months in 28% new French oak barrels from artisan Burgundian coopers. In accordance with our non-interventionalist approach to winemaking, this wine was fermented with indigenous yeast and was not fined or filtered.