2016 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Elsewhere $50)

SKU #1327067 95 points Bob Campbell

 Lifted, aromatic Pinot Noir with cherry, floral and fresh herb flavours plus a seasoning of spicy oak. A pure, fruit-focused wine with energy and power delivered with subtlety. Bright, attractive and reasonably accessible but with obvious cellaring potential.  (7/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Red licorice and clove add aromatic details to the polished cherry and raspberry flavors, with cigar box, rosemary and fresh loamy earth notes. Plenty of precision and elegance here, with a long, lingering finish. (MW)  (7/2018)

93 points James Suckling

 An attractive layer of rose-like florals here, then lighter berry fruits as well as a plethora of strawberry and wild raspberry fruits with appealing oak spice. The palate has nice focus and drive, and a handy light cherry pip tang. Resolved and fresh. Drink now.  (12/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Cornish Point was planted in 2000, so these vines are just entering their prime years. The 2016 Cornish Point Pinot Noir features dark berry notes and hints of thyme, coupled with ample weight on the palate and a soft dusting of tannins on the finish. It's approachable now, but it should age gracefully through 2025. (JC)  (2/2018)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Full of spice and rich in color, this full-bodied Pinot shows off pretty details of crunchy red fruits. Rhubarb and strawberry are brought out thanks to most of the juice being fermented in neutral French oak. The twenty-five percent that is fermented in new barrels contributes woodsy notes of sarsaparilla and star anise. Thirty percent whole cluster complements it all with earthy, red tea–like tannins, which are fine and persistent. A formidable food wine, it would be ideal with roast pork and mushrooms.  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Winery Tasting Notes: A clear, deep red hue. The wine leads with attractive florals that are exotically perfumed with distinct old-fashioned rose and violets. An uncrowded palate showing opulent, rich deep fruits but balanced rather than the usual Cornish Point avalanche. Lovely mocha, velvety and seductive tannins that lusciously coat the palate. Very textural and complete with outstanding length.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
In an impressive line-up of 2016 Pinot Noir from Felton Point, the Cornish Point bottling has the grippiest and most overtly powerful structure. Think dark plum and fruit skins on the palate, with a slightly salty and savory aspect that makes you want to drink more. Preferably with a rack of lamb - not simply because the wine is from New Zealand, but as a perfect foil to dark fruited, structured Pinot Noir as delicious and well made as this one!

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2018 | Send Email
The Kiwis have managed to find a way to my heart with this outstanding pinot from the Central Otago region. Out of all the Felton Road pinots, I gotta say I think the Cornish Point is my personal favorite, as I feel it's top of the line quality pinot for a 40 bucks.. The 30% whole cluster in the winemaking gives it some great green notes for those whole cluster nerds like myself.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2018 | Send Email
The Cornish Point for me is pure Gevrey styling with beautiful black cherry and mulberry fruit. It has touches of anise and chocolate that add depth and succulent structure. The fullest and most polished of the Felton trio, this is sexy and appealing. This is the one that I will have the most trouble keeping my hands off of.

Staff Image By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2018 | Send Email
Of all the wonderful Felton Road Pinot Noir’s, the Cornish Point bottling might just be the most complete of this years offerings. I was intrigued by the enchanting aromas of flowers, red berries, and a touch of wood spice. The hallmark flavors of Central Otago Pinot Noir are abundantly present. There’s plenty of high toned red cherry fruit along with a touch of forest floor and minerality. The wine is sufficiently opulent for early consumption but the structure let’s you know that there are many fine years ahead for this world class Pinot Noir.

Staff Image By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2018 | Send Email
The Cornish Point is not as warm and toasty as it's counterpart, the Calvert but is no slouch either! The vineyard is surrounded by water moderating the temperature in the colder, Southern New Zealand months and allows for superb ripeness. The Cornish Point is aged 13 months is French oak with a richer fruit forward nose giving gorgeous hints of ripe cherries and blueberries. There are some floral elements as well but this wine really walks a fine line between fruit and subtle toastiness. The Felton Road Pinot Noirs offer up good complexity and value and are surprisingly approachable. These wines will and should be drank for pure pleasure!
Drink from 2018 to 2021

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2018 | Send Email
A typically forward, exotic, fragrant Cornish Point bottling. Soft, spicy, succulent fruit. Lots of rose petal and Asian spice. Silky, ripe tannin, and elegantly fruit forward palate with nice wet stone mineral underpinnings. Totally drinkable and delicious. A Pinot lovers dream.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2018 | Send Email
The Cornish Point is a beautiful, single-vineyard offering from Felton Road. This winery only uses estate fruit in their bottlings to ensure the fruit coming in is of the highest quality, handled gently, and both organic and biodynamic. The juice is then gravity-fed through the winery to avoid jolting the wine, allowed to go through primary and secondary fermentation naturally, then bottled unfined and unfiltered to maintain structure and flavor. The Cornish Pinot Noir vineyard is almost entirely surrounded by water, which keeps it at a more temperate micro-climate. As a result it tends to exhibit more dark fruit than the others and a very juicy mouthfeel.
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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 (%): 13.5