2012 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Elsewhere $70)
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)
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.
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)
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.
Dark crimson. Heady and intense, with some smooth fruit, polished leather character and considerable juiciness. A charmer.
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.
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.