2011 Felton Road "Bannockburn" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Elsewhere $40)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium deep ruby-purple in color, the 2011 Bannockburn Pinot Noir reveals slightly reduced aromas that are beginning to give way to notes of tar, ripe cherries and black raspberries, with nuances of earth, meat, loam, bark plus a touch of Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied with medium to high acid and a medium level of grainy tannins, it shows a very savory, earthy character on the palate and finishes with good persistence. Drink it 2013 to 2018+.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright, full red. Deep cherry aroma complemented by sexy soil tones. Ripe and fine-grained but youthfully restrained, with black and red fruit flavors complicated by soil-inflected minerality. Not yet especially sweet or perfumed but impressively concentrated, supple and smooth. The dry finish features suave tannins. 91+ points.
Smooth and elegant, with pretty touches of white pepper, fresh herb and dried rose petal to the crisp cherry and cranberry flavors. The tannins firm up on the finish, but never get in the way of the wine. Drink now through 2022.
17 / 20: Scented cherry fruit. Immediate finesse of savoury-spiced red fruit and fine, dense tannins. Finely balanced and promising.
Bob Campbell (Master of Wine) 93 points "Seductive Pinot Noir with surprising intensity and power considering that for many producers 2011 produced fairly light wines in Central Otago. Delicately succulent fruit with an underlying savoury complexity. Impressive wine from a producer that rarely fails to deliver." Felton Road along with producers like Rippon and Quartz Reef continue to lead the way for Biodynamic wine production in Central Otago and produce wines of exceptional purity, drive and character. Dont' miss this chance to become familiar with these wines if you haven't already, and especially at this price!