Smooth with dark cherry notes, deceptive grippy tannins extend the finish. Red fruits, rounded, well balanced, and aged without oak, very pleasant indeed.
95 Points – Bob Campbell
Felton Road's entry level pinot noir is an elegant blend of several vineyards with a mix of savoury, earthy, herbal and coffee flavours with cherry, floral and spice characters. It's a supple and complex wine that reveals power through a lengthy finish.
95 Points - Bob Campbell
Aromatic pinot noir with spice, plum and violet aromas that are joined by liquorice, prune and subtle nutty oak on the palate. Dense, intense wine with strong sweet fruit restrained by subtle tannins. A rich, almost chewy wine, with impressive underlying power. Best served slightly chilled to temper fruit sweetness.
94 Points - James Suckling
Complex, brambly red-cherry and red-plum aromas with a lightly sappy, forest-floor edge. The palate has a super smooth array of vibrant red cherries and a clearly defined, layered texture.
94 Points - James Suckling "Impressive, fresh, dark-cherry and blueberry aromas here with violet flowers, too. The palate has a very sleek, polished and velvety texture with ample,spiced-blueberry and red-cherry flavors, delivering a succulent, juicy and long finish. Really stunning pinot here. Drink now. Screw cap."
An intensely perfumed nose that’s dominated by floral notes in the typical Calvert expression. Rose and violet give way to underlying blueberry and plum with background hints of leather and polished wood. The power of the fruit is considerable but the overall mouthfeel is characteristically refined, precise and detailed. The linear nature of the tannins brings a pleasing tautness and purpose. As accurate and fulfilling as we could ever imagine it to be.
97 Points - Bob Campbell
Delicious pinot noir, with a sumptuous texture and floral, plum, dark cherry and Oriental spice flavours. Supple, elegant wine with impressive underlying power - the flavours linger long after the wine has been swallowed (or spat in my case). An accessible wine in a very appealing style.
Axel Heinz, Winemaker
On the nose it expresses intense and refined notes of mature citrus fruit, exotic fruit and white flowers. On the palate it is fleshy and juicy with a vibrant, crystalline fruitiness which perfectly reflects the sunny, but not excessively hot year. The long lingering fruity finish leaves the palate clean and fresh.
92 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (erobertparker.com)
Composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Shiraz, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 12 months in 60% new oak and 40% one-year-old oak, with 55% American and 45% French barrels. It presents a deep garnet color and aromas of black currant cordial, black cherry preserves and dried plums over spice box, cloves, pencil lead, toast plus a whiff of lavender. Very full bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, the generosity of spicy berry flavors is well supported by a medium to firm level of very finely grained tannins and very crisp acid, finishing long and layered. Drinking nicely now, it should cellar to 2019+.
95 Points - Magdalena Sienkiewicz "Despite the 12 years the colour remains a deep ruby. Concentrated aromas of blackcurrant, plum and black cherry lead to hints of saddle leather as the wine begins to develop tertiary aromas. There is some spirit present on the nose from the 15.5% of alcohol but it doesn’t dominate. This is not a spicy Shiraz. The palate is rich, deep and succulent and the tannins are fine lending support and structure to the rich fruit. Flavours of juicy plum and blackcurrant continue with toasted coconut from the oak leaving a sweetness to the finish and an overall creamy texture. There is no aggression to this wine, it is succulent and rich without being over powering and will continue to develop for several more years." Tasted 23 January 2019
Axel Heinz, Winemaker