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 Block 5 Pinot Noir 150cl 2013
Beautifully perfumed with distinct floral aromas of rose petal and violets that are supported by the hallmark dark cherry and spice. The ripeness of the warmer vintage is apparent with slightly softer acidity that allows the wine to flow and expand, creating a sensation of floating in the finest feather duvet. Classically formed with the un-mistakeable pedigree, finesse and balance that is Block 5.
eRobertParker.com, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 2014
Med to deep ruby-purple, the 2013 Block 5 Pinot Noir is youthfully mute on the nose with subtle cherry and pomegranate notes plus underlying plum and garrigue hints with some Chinese five spice and tree bark. Medium bodied and very earthy, it fills the mouth with densely packed savory layers and firm grainy tannins, finishing long. 94 points.
New Zealand’s Pellucid Wines: More Light Than Heat , Stephen Tanzer, May 2016
Bright medium red. Captivating musky aromas of almost confectionery red fruits, spices and flowers. Savory and classically dry, showing dominant flavors of strawberry and raspberry. Can’t quite match the 2014 Block 5 for refinement of tannins or lift but this will be a beauty if it’s able to retain its fruit as the tannins soften. 91 Points.