2011 Felton Road "Calvert" Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand (Elsewhere $70)
This is savory with a spice and plum and dried strawberry character. Full and racy with fine tannins and a long finish. Racy and clean. Turns mineral. Lovely tension. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium deep ruby-purple color, the 2011 Calvert Pinot Noir reveals slightly muted notes of black cherries, cloves and earth with hints of nutmeg and iron ore. The palate is medium-bodied with a medium level of tight-knit, fine tannins and a medium to high level of acid. It has a long and earthy finish. Consider drinking it 2014 to 2018+. (91+)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Complex but restrained nose shows a youthfully medicinal quality and more earth than flowers. Then supple and sweet in the mouth, but displaying less definition than the Cornish Point bottling. A distinctly firm-edged finish leaves this a bit awkward today and in need of bottling aging.
Wine & Spirits
First planted in 1999, the Calvert Vineyard is a north-facing slope of loess over deep loams, a mix of lake sediments, quartz sands and schist gravels. It produced a violet-scented pinot in 2011, spicy with sweet red plum flavors and lightly gritty tannins. It lasts on fruit, a ready match for country p't' wrapped in bacon.
Offers nice aromatics, with black tea, cinnamon and mahogany notes, showing plenty of intensity from the smooth, round plum, cherry and berry flavors. Finds a good balance, exuding elegance and power, with a long finish. Drink now through 2022. 90+ points.
17 / 20: Pale to mid cherry red. Sweet-sour cherry scent with additional oak sweetness. Leaner than the Bannockburn but also more delicate and refined. Fine dry finish, tannins polished already.
95 points from Master of Wine, Bob Campbell: "Dense, elegant Pinot Noir with a deliciously haunting perfume and silken texture to die for. Floral, red fruits and mixed spice flavours. Linear and exceptionally long with exciting energy."