Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
"Deep 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+.
The Wine Advocate
"Winemaker 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."
"Bright 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."
International Wine Cellar
"Luxuriously 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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Felton Road Wines Ltd, in Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand, has planted some of the world's southernmost vineyards. The expression, growing on the edge, has real meaning in Central Otago, with the lowest rainfall and lowest temperatures of any agricultural region in New Zealand.Central Otago is located on the southern end of New Zealand's South Island (latitude 45º south)...
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The southernmost vineyards of the world lie here in Central Otago. Unlike most other New Zealand appellations, Central Otago is inland - nestled right in the middle of the southern island. Its lack of proximity to water creates weather more continental than maritime, leading to big temperature shifts - hot during the day, significantly cooler at night.
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Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...
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