Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir 2008

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FRPN200810 UCAU
  • Florals of rose petal and spice on the nose.
  • Bob Campbell: 93/100 "Cherry, mineral and a subtle sweet/savoury influence with a suggestion of spice."
  • Pairs well with venison, beef and pasta.
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    $165.00
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  • Bob Campbell MW
    93 points

Editors notes

From a contracted vineyard the with the fruit equally shared between Felton Road, Craggy Range and Pyramid Valley.

Felton's house style is clearly discernible though this wine is slightly richer and more concentrated than their regular Pinot Noir. Cherry, mineral and a subtle sweet/savoury influence with a suggestion of spice. Silken textured wine that is generous without being fleshy of "fruit bomb."

- Bob Campbell

Florals of rose petal and spice on the nose, with the palate concentrated, yet with such elegance and focus that it is at the same time textural and rich but almost weightless. Fine grained tannins and evident minerality carry the wine through a long clean finish. A very restrained expression of power; the very essence of Pinot Noir character.

Pairs well with venison, beef and pasta.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Bob Campbell MW

    93
    "From a contracted vineyard the with the fruit equally shared between Felton Road, Craggy Range and Pyramid Valley. Felton's house style is clearly discernible though this wine is slightly richer and more concentrated than their regular Pinot Noir. Cherry, mineral and a subtle sweet/savoury influence with a suggestion of spice. Silken textured wine that is generous without being fleshy of "fruit bomb.""

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New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.

Central Otago

Central Otago, located at the southernmost point of the world where wine grapes are grown, is a remarkable wine-growing region that spans over 4,000 square kilometers on New Zealand’s South Island. This spectacular landscape is surrounded by rugged mountains, glacial lakes, and wide-open valleys, which have earned the region a reputation as one of the most scenic wine destinations in the world.

The region is centered around the bustling tourist hub of Queenstown, which is an ideal base to explore the many world-class wineries and vineyards that dot the countryside. The unique soils in Central Otago are characterized by heavy mineral deposits in silt loams that are unlike any other region in New Zealand, resulting in wines with distinctive flavor profiles and complex structures.

Central Otago is New Zealand's only "continental" wine-growing region, which means it experiences greater diurnal temperature fluctuations than any other region in the country. These large swings between low and high temperatures create ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir, the flagship red varietal of the region. The long, cool, and dry autumn period also plays a significant role in producing some of the world's best Pinot Noirs, which are known for their fragrant aroma, silky texture, and true fruit intensity.

In addition to Pinot Noir, Central Otago is also renowned for its aromatic whites, particularly Riesling, which can be made in styles ranging from bone-dry to very sweet. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay are also produced to a very high standard, reflecting the region's diverse terroir and the skill of its winemakers.

Central Otago's exceptional wines have earned it a place in Jancis Robinson's top five New World wine-producing regions, cementing its status as one of the most exciting and unique wine destinations in the world. With its awe-inspiring natural beauty, welcoming wineries, and world-class wines, Central Otago is a must-visit destination for any wine lover.

Bannockburn

Bannockburn is a subzone of the Central Otago wine region on New Zealand’s South Island. This subalpine landscape is one of the driest and warmest parts of Central Otago. Bannockburn’s focus is mainly Pinot Noir, as this dry climate and its unique soils are well-suited for growing and ripening this grape. It’s also home to some of the region’s best expressions of these wines. Bannockburn Pinot Noirs are typically rich and fruit-driven, with aromas and flavours of cherries and dark fruit, firm tannins, and great potential for ageing. In addition to Pinot Noir, the subzone also grows Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.

About the brand Felton Road

The Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago, New Zealand is famed for its soil and climatic similarities to France's Burgundy region. It is here that Felton Road winery is perched, producing premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling from three organically and biodynamically managed vineyards, which were Demeter certified in 2010.

Viticulturist Gareth King cultivates pristine fruit in the vineyard, while the same care is taken in the winery. Winemakers Blair Walter and Mike Wolfenden work with a gravity-fed system; a process that avoids the harsh use of pumping and minimizes handling, allowing for the gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannin. Wild and indigenous yeasts are used in the fermentations, sulphur additions are minimal and malolactic fermentation occurs naturally. Oak use is also subtle, in order to avoid muting the fruit. The Pinot Noirs are unfined and unfiltered while the Chardonnay winemaking is moving in the same direction. The single vineyard and single block wines are made to showcase each one's individual terroir.

Felton Road are recognized as one of New Zealand's finest Pinot Noir producers.

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