Immediately quite masculine on the nose:
herbs, earth and brooding dark spices
rather than a flower basket. The palate is
at once intensely concentrated but with
searing transparency. The herbs dance
through the raspberry and cherry, with a
host of complex detail shining through that
encourages one to linger and explore.
Regal and structured, but not intimidating,
it sails into a long chocolate finish.
The Wine AdvocateDeep ruby-purple colored, the 2010 Block 3 Pinot Noir has notes of black cherries, plums, graphite, red currant, damp loam and dark chocolate with a whiff of anise. Elegantly fruited in the medium bodied mouth, it is tight-knit and restrained at the moment offering muscular blackberry fruit, a medium-firm level of fine grained tannins and a long earthy finish. Approachable now, it should drink best 2012 to 2019+.
Wine EnthusiastWinemaker Blair Walter has dialed up the intensity in this powerfully concentrated bottling, which packs ample black-cherry fruit and sturdy notes of hickory smoke, cured meat and dark coffee. Despite the wine’s considerable weight, the tannins are supple enough to make it approachable now.
International Wine CellarBright dark red with ruby tones. Brooding, slightly reduced aromas of black raspberry and cola. Then dense, sweet and intense in the mouth, with harmonious acidity framing and enlivening its plush berry flavors. This pinot has the stuffing to buffer its serious but fine-grained tannins. Finishes quite long, with a piquant minty edge contributing to an impression of grip.
Wine & SpiritsLuxuriously rich, this pinot noir coasts through dark extract while shining a bright carmine red light over its full fruit. The flavors range from blackberry to plum skin, pulled back into light by a floral character. Felton Road farms its Elms Vineyard under biodynamics, selecting this benchland parcel for its deep sandy loam, an alluvial fan derived from schist under a layer of loess. Block 3 consistently produces one of the great pinot noirs of Central Otago.
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