Hard to believe there’s no oak aging or lees contact, it’s so incredibly rich and creamy. Offers ripe, fruity flavors of peaches and sweet apples, although the wine is bone-dry, with excellent acidity. Concentrated, dense and opulent, it’s a real treat to the palate.
Felton Road’s Pinots have been among the best in NZ, but the 2007s step things up another notch. The Block 3 combines a briary, slightly herbal element with black cherry aromas, then unfolds on the palate to reveal layers of fruit, coffee and spice. It’s lush yet structured, with a long, textured finish. Drink now–2015.
Slightly bigger than the Block 3, but simultaneously softer as well, Felton Road’s 2007 Block 5 features ripe, plummy fruit backed by earthy nuances, spice and cola. Like its stablemate, it’s lushly textured, with a long finish. Drink now–2015.
In 2008, the Block 3 tannins are so silky and refined they give a soft, luscious character to the wine that’s incredibly appealing. Spice, black cherry and cola notes finish long and complex. Drink now–2015.
Plummy and dark, with accents of cedar, dark chocolate and hints of coffee. This is always the most robust of the Felton Road Pinots, and really deserves a few years in the cellar; although it’s approachable now, expect the already soft tannins to turn silkier in time.
Unusual for New Zealand Pinot Noir, this full-bodied bottling is structured firmly enough to warrant 2–3 years of cellaring. Earthy, savory notes that include roasted meat and coffee intertwine with black cherry and beetroot, while the tannins turn dusty on the finish.
This powerful expression of Riesling blends floral aromas with scents of lime, pineapple and crushed stone, then finishes with great length and intensity. The strident citrus and mineral notes seem to echo on the palate, filling the mouth with their characterful flavors.