“Felton Road’s Pinot Noirs are breakthrough efforts in New Zealand and compete with the finest wines being made in California, Oregon and Burgundy’s Cote D’Or.”
Felton Road was one of Central Otago’s pioneering vineyards when they were one of the first to plant grapes in Bannockburn in 1991. At this stage the oldest commercial vines in Central Otago were 10 years old, and up until then Bannockburn had been overlooked. In hindsight, this seems surprising given Bannockburn’s ideal climate and topography for grape growing, Bannockburn land is now some of the most sought after vineyard land in Central Otago.
Felton Road’s first commercial wines were released in 1997, and both the 1997 single block Pinot Noir, ‘Block 3’ and the 1998 Estate Pinot Noir received high critical acclaim by major US wine critic, Robert Parker. Felton Road has since gone from strength to strength. When Englishman Nigel Greening purchased the vineyard in 2001, he decided to steer the vineyard on a very hands-on, holistic path, embracing organic and biodynamic methodologies in the vineyard and the winery. Felton Road is deservedly one of New Zealand’s cult vineyards, continuing to improve year on year producing wines of elegance and purity.
2014 Felton Road Pinot Noir “Bannockburn”
Average U.S. Retail Price $57.00*
!!!OUR PRICE $49.99*!!!
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James Suckling 94 Points If Central Otago was the Côte de Nuits, then Bannockburn would likely be Vosne-Romanée and I’m going to hang it right out and say that Felton Road would be the top gun, the DRC. A handy array of bright red berries, orange citrus rind, then toasty mocha oak spice, some darker red plum and mouth-wateringly sweet fruit aromas on offer. Very bright, just-ripe fruits, liquorice and cinnamon, this smells vibrant and full of life. The palate has a soft, supple and creamy core with a glossy, fluffy mid-palate; tannins fan out even and long, smooth, velvety and quite plush, gently musky. Good balance and approachability, concentrated and pure.