Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2019

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  • Winemaker Blair Walter describes the wines of 2019 as ‘astonishing quality’
  • The 2019 Bannockburn Pinot Noir punches well above its Bannockburn ‘village’ designation
  • A serious wine with considerable definition and poise.
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    $87.99
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Editors notes

Winemaker Blair Walter describes the wines of 2019 as ‘astonishing quality’.

The 2019 Bannockburn Pinot Noir punches well above its Bannockburn ‘village’ designation, being a blend of Felton Road’s four primely situated vineyards: Cornish Point, Calvert, MacMuir and The Elms. 20% was retained as whole clusters with a moderately long maceration, and aging for just over a year in artisan Burgundian oak, 27% new. A serious wine with considerable definition and poise.

Felton Road rank among the top 3 New Zealand producers, and in all honesty are usually number 1. In fact, they deserve a spot among the top New World producers, and this was proven when they were given the #12 spot in Wine Spectator Magazine's 2018 Top 100 Wines issue- an incredible achievement.

The reason for the world-class quality of their wines is a mix of their unique 'terroir', but also because they are one of the leading names in sustainable, low intervention and biodynamic viticulture and winemaking.

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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

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Locations

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 is the southernmost wine-growing region in the world, located at a latitude of 45 degrees south, on New Zealand’s south island. A spectacular landscape makes the region one of the most scenic wine regions if not in the world then certainly in New Zealand. Central to the region is the tourist destination of Queenstown, which is a great base to make wine trips from. Heavy mineral deposits in silt loams are typical for the soils in Central Otago, but are unlike any other region in New Zealand. The Otago region is the country's only ‘continental ’ wine-growing region. Pinot Noir is the flagship red varietal, which is very well suited to the region's large diurnal shifts (a large diurnal shift means a big difference between low and high temperatures) and also the region's long, cool and dry autumn. The Pinot Noirs coming out of the Otago region are most often fragrant, lush Pinot Noirs with silky textures and true fruit intensity. Aromatic whites also thrive, in particular Riesling where anything from bone-dry to very sweet can be made. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and lesser amounts of Chardonnay is also made to a very high quality. Central Otago is in Jancis Robinson’s top five New World wine-producing regions.

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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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