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2018 Felton Road "Block 5" Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1443568 97-98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a showy edition of Block 5 with so much on offer aromatically, from fine florals in the rose spectrum, rose hips, plenty of spice, citrus peel and sweet red cherries in abundance. The palate has such elegant, long and firm tannin with intensity and depth and it does have the compactness that defines this parcel. There’s such succulent resolve at the finish. This 2018 has bold fleshiness that really is stunning already. There’s more immediate pleasure than you’d expect from a young Block 5. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

95 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark From a hot record-breaking vintage with a cool, wet conclusion. Quite a tight and slightly bony pinot noir with hints of floral, cherry, berry, spice, chocolate box and cedar-like oak. A restrained and elegant wine that needs time to express its full potential. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Juicy flavors of maraschino cherry, strawberry preserves and black cherry compote are fleshy and forward, but more complex nuances of spice, herb, forest floor and white pepper emerge slowly, creating a tremendous sense of harmony on the finish, which goes on and on. The tannins are velvety, imparting an appealing sense of traction. (MW) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Block 5 Pinot Noir shows its typical dark earthiness and sous-bois notes, black cherry fruit and hints of mocha. It's medium-bodied and plump in the mouth, with plenty of flesh, supple tannins and a long, softly dusty finish tinged with clove, cinnamon and cocoa. It should drink well for at least a decade. (JC) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

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