2015 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)

SKU #1284971 97 points Bob Campbell

 Subtle, silken and very complex pinot noir with an array of dark cherry, plum, floral and Oriental spice flavours. A core of sweet fruit perfectly balances fine, drying tannins to give the wine a linear, lingering quality. Power delivered with subtlety. Very impressive. Drink 2016 to 2024.  (8/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator

 There’s plenty of purity to the strawberry and cranberry flavors at the core, with toasted rye and nutmeg aromas. Elegant and graceful, with tannins exerting a light grip on the finish, where the aromas expand. Drink now through 2027.

K&L Notes

Felton Road, along with producers like Rippon and Quartz Reef, continues to lead the way for Biodynamic wine production in Central Otago and produce wines of exceptional purity, drive and character. Don't miss this chance to become familiar with these wines if you haven't already, and especially at this price!

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2017 | Send Email
A dynamic wine that is also sensuous. Almost everything you could ask for in Great Pinot Noir. The nose is high-toned and luxurious with red fruits, blueberries and just a wisp of Central Otago spice. The palate is where this wine shines. The tannins are fine and very polished. It has a long lingering finish. There are layers and layers of fruit with a subtle savory element.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2017 | Send Email
Cornish Point is always the most seductive of Felton's Pinots. It has an exotic, exuberance in both it's aromatics and expression on the palate. The 2015 release is no exception. Pure fruit - raspberry, ripe plum; briary notes, wild thyme and warm baking spices. The texture is soft and supple yet the wine has plenty of structure and vibrant acidity to assure cellaring potential. We worked hard to secure the best pricing in the country on this very limited bottling, so good in fact we can't list it online!
Drink from 2017 to 2027

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Varietal:

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.
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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
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