2017 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)

SKU #1388645 97 points Bob Campbell

 Delicious pinot noir, with a sumptuous texture and floral, plum, dark cherry and Oriental spice flavours. Supple, elegant wine with impressive underlying power - the flavours linger long after the wine has been swallowed (or spat in my case). An accessible wine in a very appealing style.  (7/2018)

94 points James Suckling

 A richly fruited style with black-cherry and berry aromas and flavors, cast in a gently muscular bed of grainy tannins that delivers a smooth, plush and luxuriant mouthfeel. Dark-plum finish. Needs time. Drink in 2021.  (10/2018)

93 points Vinous

 The 2017 Cornish Point Pinot Noir encapsulates everything I love about New Zealand's take on this variety. It is unashamedly Kiwi in style, makes no bows towards Burgundy, yet delivers all the same attributes. The bouquet is wonderfully defined, displaying slightly darker fruit than the 2016, hints of blackberry and briar and a touch of white Chinese tea. The palate is beautifully balanced and extremely pure, offering pitch-perfect acidity and caressing, detailed dark plum and wild strawberry fruit on the finish. What a great Pinot Noir! (NM)  (11/2018)

92 points Decanter

 A juicy expression with a nice plump core, but it's all within a finely structured frame. Very fine, almost chalky tannins give a slippery texture, while ripe cherry fruit and savoury spice with a touch of wood linger on the medium-long finish. Drinking Window 2019 - 2028. (RG)  (9/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Plush and supple, with black licorice-scented black cherry and blueberry flavors and spice, vanilla and cherry cola accents smoothing out the edges. Appealing for the richness and depth. Drink now through 2028. (MW)  (10/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Vines planted in 2000. Round and fruity. Very pretty already. Round and violet scented with masses of gentle sweet fruit -- but no jamminess. Flattering Côte de Beaune style but slightly sweeter than most burgundies. Drink 2018-2023. (JR)  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

#65 James Suckling Top 100 New Zealand Wines 2018


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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.
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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 (%): 13.5