Bannockburn, Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2016

  Felton Road

A blend of barrels from the Calvert, Cornish Point and the Elms vineyards (the latter is where the Block cuvees come from), charming, delicate and verging on shy but a little aeration coaxes more generosity and fruit expression. This gradually reveals good depth and breadth of flavour. Sweet, fresh, floral red berry fruit infused with bright and very subtle mineral highlights with a twist of woody spice on the finish. Beautifully weighted, a very accomplished Pinot. Aged for 13 months in a quarter new burgundy barrels.

Contains Sulphites.

About Felton Road

Felton Road is a boutique winery situated in Bannockburn, Central Otago which is the most southerly wine growing region in the world. Here small pockets of vineyard shadowed by snow-capped mountains have a unique microclimate that enables the production of fi ne wine even here on the outer limits of sustainable wine production. The hot days, cool nights and long dry autumns play a vital role in this. The winemaking philosophy here is a ‘softly, softly’ approach – at no point in the viticulture or winemaking processes is the human hand allowed to make its mark too heavily. Felton Road work in tandem with nature using organic treatments, manure and plant cover crops to ensure natural bio-diversity in the vineyards. Low yields are achieved through hand pruning and all picking takes place by hand. In the cellars Burgundian barrels are used for the oak-aged wines and bottling takes place without fining or filtration. The result is inspiring, envigorating wine.

Appellation: Central Otago

The most southerly wine growing region in the world, and home to some of New Zealands most exciting and dynamic wine producers. Pinot Noir thrives on the continental climate, where strong day night temperature swings produce wines of huge allure and fruit. Pinot gris, Chardonnay and Riesling make up the rest of the plantings.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.