The classic signature of Block 3: Crushed herb and chocolate leads the nose as well as the palate where raspberry, cherry and boysenberry can be detected supporting the mid-palate. It is both rich yet transparent in the mouth, serious and focused, with crisp minerality and great energy, driving the flavors through to a long finish of rich chocolate mocha soaked in raspberry with earthy depths and toasted highlights.
International Wine CellarBright medium red. Precise aromas of raspberry and minerals call to mind a wine from the southern Cote de Nuits. Urgent, sharply delineated yet utterly silky flavors of sweet berries and minerals saturate the palate. This wonderfully rich and substantial but classically dry wine offers an uncanny sappy quality and positively vibrates in the mouth. Finishes with broad, suave tannins and outstanding persistence.
Wine & SpiritsTense black fruit powers this wine, with black cherry-skin tannins that hold it in place. As a young wine, it feels like a clean and saturated New World pinot, but there’s more to it that simple fruit. Earthiness comes up with air, creating a veil of tannin and added dimension to the flavors. From 15-year-old vines biodynamically grown in loamy soil, this responds well to long aeration, as it will to bottle age.
The Wine AdvocateCropped at 5-6.5tons/ha and matured for 11 months in 55% new French oak, the 2007 Block 3 Pinot Noir has a Burgundian nose with superb definition and fruit intensity: wild strawberry, raspberry and a sense of earthiness. The palate is medium-bodied, very fine tannins and sense of symmetry. Elegant, perhaps less weighty than the 2006, but supremely well crafted. It should age effortlessly over the next decade.
Wine EnthusiastFelton Road’s Pinots have been among the best in NZ, but the 2007s step things up another notch. The Block 3 combines a briary, slightly herbal element with black cherry aromas, then unfolds on the palate to reveal layers of fruit, coffee and spice. It’s lush yet structured, with a long, textured finish.
Wine SpectatorStreamlined and tight, with very good focus to black cherry, raspberry, red plum and toasty cedar flavors. Gains weight with air, showing intense minerality, fragrant spice and lean, coiled tannins that define the finish.
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