The iconic, and true reference point Pinot Noir producer of the Central Otago region on New Zealand’s south island, we have managed to secure 30 bottles of this rare wine and incredible value! If you are not already a believer that world class “Burgundian” styled wine can be produced in New Zealand, this wine should absolutely convince you. Highly coveted! An age worthy collectible! New Zealand restaurants are judged on the basis if Felton Road is represented on their wine lists. 2018 was a very dry and warm year, but the temps drew down the final 6 weeks of ripening. Great vintage!
“Felton Road Pinot Noirs are among the most exciting and celebrated wines in New Zealand. Winemaker Blair Walter is known for consistently producing distinctive, aromatic wines, and the Bannockburn cuvée—named for a subregion of Central Otago—is typically among the top-scoring bottles each vintage. This wine is a blend of four organic and biodynamic estate vineyards: Cornish Point, Calvert, MacMuir and The Elms. 2018 was an overall warm growing season in Central Otago, adding to the supple texture and fresh red fruit flavors. Walter believes in minimal intervention, including native yeast fermentation, with about 20 percent whole clusters, gravity-flow practices in the winery and bottling the wines without fining or filtering”.—MaryAnn Worobiec. Wine Spectator. 199 cases imported into USA.
“Aromatic and expressive, with raspberry, cherry and fresh herb notes that are precise on a smooth and supple frame, offering details of matcha green tea, white pepper and forest floor. A hint of fresh nutmeg lingers on the long, expressive finish, where the tannins provide a slight grip. Drink now through 2034. From New Zealand.” – 95 points, Wine Spectator —M.W.
2017 Felton Road Pinot Noir Bannockburn – “Elegant, fresh and vibrant, this red starts off wonderfully perfumed, with lavender, white pepper and green tea notes that accentuate the purity of the cherry and raspberry flavors. Polished tannins still provide some grip on the finish, where white truffle and forest floor details linger. Drink now through 2032. 7,120 cases made.” – 96 points, Wine Spectator (October 15, 2018) #12/Top 100 – 2018