International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Good medium red. Inviting spicy high tones to the aromas of red berries, pepper and smoky minerality. Tangy, taut and savory in the mouth; less supple than the 2013 Block 3 example today but more intensely flavored, with a strong saline quality that contributes to the impression of inner-mouth tension but currently partly masks the wine's sweet red fruit and spice flavors. The firm-edged tannins call for at least a few years of cellaring. My sample showed great staying power, retaining its red fruit, spice and smoky mineral flavors for several days in the recorked bottle. Outstanding potential--and one of the most complete New Zealand pinots of 2012. (Felton Road's Block 5 and Block 3 are adjacent vineyards planted on deep loess soil, the latter with some calcareous deposits. The Block 3 features a 1992 planting of a Swiss selection similar to the Wadenswil that's commonly found in Oregon, while Block 5 was planted in 1993 to a UC-Davis Pommard clone. Both wines are vinified with about 30% whole clusters.)Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: September/October 2014
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90Offers a laser beam of crisp, pure currant and berry flavors, with plenty of pepper, lavender and Earl Grey tea accents. Smooth and polished, showing taut tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2027. 574 cases made.Author: MaryAnn Worobiec
Situated in the world's most southerly wine growing region, Central Otago, Felton Road has built a reputation as one of New Zealand's premier producers. Blair Walter heads the winemaking team, which focuses its efforts on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling, all grown on gentle, north-facing slopes in Bannockburn. The team at Felton Road has been an adherent of biodynamic and organic viticulture since planting their first vineyard in 1991. Recently "discovered" by Robert Parker and other American critics, these handmade, expressive wines are truly at the forefront of Central Otago's wine wave.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 16 bottles owned
- 5 collectors