2019 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago

SKU #1508548 95 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Savoury and dried herbs evident on the aroma with floral, violet, dark cherry and berry, grape stems and spicy oak. Made using 25% whole clusters in the fermentation, which might explain a firm tannic structure that makes the wine slightly closed at this stage but suggests a promising future. Inner quote mark (7/2020)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of smoke, spice, dried flowers, leather and ripe berries follow through to a full-bodied palate. Yet, the tannins are very tight and polished. Fine and poised finish. Fine-tuned pinot. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (10/2021)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This impressive version is intense and velvety, with dried thyme, black cherry and blackberry flavors, with notes of dragonwell green tea, sweet paprika and cardamom adding an aromatic edge on the long, memorable finish. (MW) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The cedar-accented 2019 Cornish Point Pinot Noir matured 13 months in 30% new French oak, and while there is a woody thumbprint on the nose, the raspberry, black cherry and cola notes bleed through, making an even larger impression. Medium to full-bodied, broad and generous on the palate, this is marked by some dusty (but ripe) tannins, adding richness to the wine's texture in the mouth and on the lingering finish. (JC) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A little reticent on the nose but far more welcoming in the mouth, delivering a silken caress before tightening up again on the finish; the combination of abundant stone-licking tannins and precise acidity creates a taut finish at this early stage in the proceedings. There is plenty of fruit intensity here, offering sweet blackberry and raspberry fruit, a lick of oak-derived cedar and tobacco. A balanced, elegant and fragrant style that will become increasingly refined with time in bottle. (RG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Using grapes from lakeside vines that are now over 20 years old, Cornish Point displays some of the most brambly fruit and secondary notes of the FR Pinots. It's quite young now, but with just a little air it starts to reveal aromas of wild blueberry, cedar, dried flowers, vanilla bean and a slight meaty undertone. The palate is fresher than the broody nose suggests, with a tug of powdery tannins and fleshy fruit, but has a broader shape than Felton's Block 3 or Calvert. Drink now - 2031. Inner quote mark (12/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Notably richer nose than the Bannockburn blend. Very sweet palate entry and then it freshens up delightfully. Almost impossible to spit this. It's drinking beautifully already. This may be the bargain of the Felton Road 2019 Pinots. Quite long and layered. Fruit – raspberry? – dominates this wine which may not last forever but is almost irresistible already. Lovely fresh finish with a suggestion of ferns. 17/20 points (GV) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

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