Notes: Cherry Raspberry Clove Floral, Hibiscus Mushroom
Tannin: Medium -
Origin: Central Otago, New Zealand
Maker: Felton Road
- Pinot Noir (Pinot Nero)
Fermentation: Slight Wood
Awards: >95 pts
Asian Food Pairing: Sio Bak, Chicken Satay, Miso Aubergine
Western Food Pairing: Roasted chicken, mac & cheese, Pork Roast
Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir 2020Like a puppy, lively and full of vigour but also delicate and soft.
The Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir has a characteristic aroma of floral and is finely supported by mineral and spice notes on the nose. It’s seamlessly followed by a detailed palate that emphasizes precision and elegance. There is a crunch to the texture of the wine with a refine and evident tannins. The wine finishes with the accuracy and finesse that is becoming the hallmark of Calvert.
The Calvert Pinot Noir is always a little more floral and delicate when compared to the other fine Pinot Noirs in the Felton Road stable. Calvert vineyard sits just a kilometer away from the Elms vineyard and home winery. The fruit from this site always provides the most aromatic and ethereal style of Pinot Noir for Felton Road.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- 98 Points
Beguiling pinot noir with an intense and seductive aroma suggesting red rose, violet and ripe black cherry. Mixed spices are more evident on the palate, which reveals fine, silken tannins and a very lengthy finish. An utterly charming wine that is delicious now but may become even more interesting in time. "
A very vibrant and ripe Calvert with attractively spicy oak integration, as well as abundant red and dark cherries. Super fragrant. The palate is so silky and plush, packed with concentrated, fresh red-cherry flavor. Blueberry finish. Drink or hold.
- 92 Points
Dense, dark, brambly fruit flavors at the core expand to loam, white pepper, dried herb, tobacco and black tea notes and muscular tannins that firm up on the long finish, where all the elements find harmony"
This is a pup of a Pinot Noir, full of youthful vigor. In addition to its floral and cherry-infused nose, there is a bouquet garni of woody herbs, which could be partly explained by a 25% whole bunch component, as well as in-bunch variation, which was a signature of this vintage at Felton Road, according to winemaker Blair Walter. While silken and satisfying, there is an innate energy and this youthful expression has a brace of gravelly tannins that build toward the end. The sinewy, fragrant and fresh finish provides line and length. Far too young to be approaching. Give it a minimum of 2 years to get into its groove. Drinking window: 2022 - 2030
- 91 Points