Felton Road Cornish Point, Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand, 2019
Grape: Single Vineyard 100% Pinot Noir. Natural yeast fermentation using 23% whole cluster bunches. Unfined and unfiltered. Aged for 13 months in 30% new French oak barrels from artisan Burgundian coopers.
This wine is from the 7.6 ha "Cornish Point" vineyard, where the close proximity to water (Lake Dunstan) creates a unique mesoclimate. The vineyard is situated on a peninsular opposite the town of Cromwell, Bannockburn and was first planted with vines in 2000. Organic and biodynamic practises used in the vineyard and winery.
Nigel Greening, owner of Felton Road, says of the 2019 "Cornish Point": As we have come to expect, Cornish Point has a slightly reserved nose as a young wine, with hints of dark fruit, raspberry, roses and crushed herbs. The palate is dense, a core of dark raspberry, then dark petals (rose and violets), and a pleasant waft of char. Serious texture and harmony, opulent yet refined. This is a brooding and powerful rendition from an outstanding vintage.
"Healthy garnet with quite a pale rim. 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. Good Value." Drink: 2021-2028
Rated: 17/20 Jancis Robinson, January 2021
"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."
Rated: 95/100 The Real Review, July 2020
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