Often rightly considered the finest producers of Central Otago Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this low intervention, gravity fed, organic and biodynamic winery is all about hands-off purity, quality and class. Felton Road dates back to 1991, with the planting of the Elms Vineyard on Felton Road, in the Bannockburn district of Central Otago. However lauded the Chardonnays and Rieslings may be, the international profile of Felton Road is justly upheld by the series of vineyard specific Pinot Noirs which express the nuances and character of each individual site.
Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2018
Characteristic floral, cherry and spice aromas abound from the glass on first approach. The fruit from our four vineyards (Elms, MacMuir, Calvert and Cornish Point) delivers appealing diversity of aroma and flavour, along with multiple layers and textures. The deeply textural mouthfeel is silken and already charmingly approachable: partly due to the warm 2018 season, but also highly typical of the Felton Road house style.
“The 2018 Pinot Noir is a terrific introduction to the Felton Road style, and it’s a fine representation of the Bannockburn subregion. It offers up attractive sous-bois/mushroomy notes backed by plenty of red berries and hints of thyme and tea leaves. Medium-bodied, supple and fleshy on the palate, it finishes with ample verve and length, despite 2018 having been a year of record warmth.” 92 points. Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, February 2020