2012 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Elsewhere $70)

SKU #1162523 96 points Bob Campbell

 Deliciously fruity Pinot Noir with blackberry, dark cherry, floral/violet and a hint of mixed Oriental spices. Seamless wine that delivers impressive power with great subtlety. There is no question that it will age very well but its dangerously drinkable right now. (Gourmet Traveller)

95 points James Suckling

 Sourced from an outcrop close to Lake Dunstan, this offers a more opulent, deeper fruited and fuller style of pinot to the wines from up on Felton Road. The nose has dark cherries and stony earthy notes too, some chalky aromas intertwined with toasty oak spice. On the palate there's a plushness and depth that really makes for compelling drinking even now, the fruit builds weight and presence in effortless, balanced style, plenty of cola and cherry flavour pervades every part of the mouth, leaving an open and expansive impression at the finish.  (4/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2012 Cornish Point Pinot Noir is scented of red plums, blackberries and wild blueberries with touches of dark chocolate, Szechuan pepper and black tea. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, it has a solid backbone of medium to firm silky tannins and crisp acid, finishing with great length. Drink it now to 2021+ (LPR)  (10/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Vibrant and expressive, with crisp cherry, plum and raspberry notes that are pure and polished, showing layers of cigar box, baking spices and fresh herb. Finishes with a blast of white pepper. Drink now through 2026.  (6/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark crimson. Heady and intense, with some smooth fruit, polished leather character and considerable juiciness. A charmer.  (10/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full, deep red. Sexy raspberry and licorice aromas show a liqueur-like quality. Sweet, spicy and energetic, showing modest flesh and a piquant flavor of tart pomegranate. The brisk finish delivers an almost citrussy quality and excellent lift.  (9/2013)

K&L Notes

The unique Cornish Point Vineyard is surrounded on three sides by the merging Kawarau and Clutha rivers. This proximity to water has a profound cooling effect on the vines gifting the wines a remarkable brightness and elegance. All fruit is farmed organically and Biodynamically. Felton's winery is fully gravity fed. The fruit is gently de-stemmed with 20% left whole cluster. Only native yeasts are used for fermentation. The wine enjoys 13 months in top quality artisan Burgundian cooperage and is bottle without fining or filtration to preserve the complexity and nuances of the wine.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5