2014 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)

SKU #1231151 96 points Decanter

 Quietly fragrant with wild flowers, thyme and ripe red fruit, nutmeg and baking spices. Juicy, lush, fresh, precise tannins, firm acidity, long dry finish, abundantly textured, complex.  (1/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Generous and expressive, with spiced plum, date bread and vanilla bean flavors that are rich and ripe, with fleshy, velvety tannins and plenty of clove and fresh earth details. Everything comes together on the finish, which lingers effortlessly. Drink now through 2026.  (6/2016)

94 points James Suckling

 A very bright red cherry nose, super pure, very floral and also showing a gentle herbal thread too. Some leafy elements, gentle herbs and an underlying more savory earth and spice note too. The palate's supple, smooth, very light, even and glossy; an easygoing wine that has a polished surface, smooth and bright, red cherry and some darker plum notes here too. Drink now.

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Displaying a bright, medium ruby-purple color, the 2014 Cornish Point Pinot Noir has notes of ripe red cherries, mulberries and black raspberries with suggestions of violets and red roses. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with perfumed ripe red berries flavors, supported by soft tannins and finishing long and fruity.

K&L Notes

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 destemmed with 20% whole cluster. Only native yeasts are used for fermentation. The wine enjoys 13 months in top-quality artisan Burgundian cooperage and is bottled without fining or filtration to preserve the complexity and nuances of the wine. Another highly praised offering from Felton Road.

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By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2016 | Send Email
Lushly fruited and opulent, the Cornish point always the most open and exotic of the Felton Road Pinot's Chalk full of spice, star anise and a hint of all spice. Supple notes of plums and ripe strawberry lend weight to the palate which is effortless and lilting. This is such a joy to drink now, I have to tuck it in the back part of the cellar to try and keep my hands off of it. Drink now through 2025.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2016 | Send Email
Cranberries, minerals, pure and focused. Not to mention the back end richness and dark, lush fruit that goes on for at least a minute on the palate. The nose of the wine is also simply spectacular. In fact, the nose is so fragrant that I have trouble drinking it just to savor the smells. Enjoy!

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
This wine is, for me, the essence of New Zealand Pinot Noir--bright and so aromatic, nuanced, pretty and incredibly elegant. Strawberry, red rose, raspberry, spices, red plum, with medium-plus acidity and fine, integrated tannin. Gorgeous now, but will continue to age beautifully. I am filling my cellar today!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2015 | Send Email
I always find Cornish Point to be the most exotic, soft and supple of the Felton SV wines, and this year is no exception. From a unique vineyard site surrounded on three sides by water that has a moderating effect in temperature spikes leading to long, even ripening. Lovely dark, ripe fruit, lifted Asian spice, a very round, juicy, mouth-coating texture. Excellent Pinot.

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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.

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