2014 Felton Road "Calvert" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Scented, savoury aroma with tantalising sweet plum, rich spices, wet earth and Bovril character. The wine offers an intriguing mix of fruit and alcohol sweetness balanced by ripe tannins to give a gently drying finish. Deliciously drinkable now but with good potential.
Moderately deep ruby-red colour. The nose is fulsome and rounded with up-front dark red berry and red floral aromas, unfolding savoury whole bunch and undergrowth notes. The nose has density, revealing layers of fragrance and spice. Medium full-bodied, the red fruit and thyme herb flavours are a little restrained, but complexed by whole bunch and game savouriness. A fine-grained tannin backbone and rounded core carries with length. A gentle, easy to ripen vintage, lower in acidity.
Plush and elegant, offering wild strawberry and raspberry flavors, with plenty of precision to the white pepper and fresh earth notes. Fresh and vibrant, showing intensity on the finish. Drink now through 2026.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Calvert has pronounced, youthful aromas of Bing cherries, black raspberries and mulberries with hints of earth, menthol and sage. Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and lively on the palate, it offers layers of bramble berry and earthy flavors, finishing with good length and chewy texture.
If Central Otago was the Côte de Nuits, then Bannockburn would likely be Vosne-Romanée and I’m going to hang it right out and say that Felton Road would be the top gun, the DRC.