Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir 2017

Central Otago
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£42.95 per bottle
11 in stock

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.

Taste & Aroma

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.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Burgundy Glass

For all Pinot Noirs we recommend the Zalto Burgundy glass, designed almost specifically for Pinot’s delicate aromas. The aromas of Pinot Noir are often the most delicate, but when revealed can be the most enticing and pretty. The Zalto Burgundy glass is the widest of all the Zalto glasses providing the largest surface area of wine. This allows for rapid aeration, revealing all of Pinot Noir’s delicate spice, herb, floral, earth and berry aromas to be maximized. The narrower rim holding these aromas for an unparalleled experience of Pinot Noir’s elegant subtleties. Zalto Burgundy is also very good for Nebbiolo, especially Barolo.

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Producer

Felton Road Wines, Bannockburn 9384, New Zealand

Central Otago based Felton Road are fully organic and biodynamic, practicing these methods of farming since 2002 and being certified as biodynamic for all of their vineyards since 2010. Based in the highly regarded sub-region of Bannockburn, an area identified as being one of the warmest and most ideal sights in Central Otago for wine production, Felton Road have four distinct vineyard sites, The Elms, Macmuir, Clavert and Cornish Point. The Elms is a 14.7 hectare site at the end of Felton Road, that lies in a gently sloping, north facing valley cut into Bannockburn hills which has been separated into separate blocks, each producing grapes that have a character that is unique to their block. Macmuir vineyard consists of just 5.1 hectares of land that lies 1 kilometre away for The Elms vineyard and is planted with Pinot Noir from a variety of clones including recently released Dijon clones. This is a low yielding vineyard and wines show particularly high levels of complexity. The Calvert vineyard is located two Kilometres east of Elms Vineyard and consists of a gently sloped north facing vineyard which they began leasing in 2001 and in 2013 purchased three blocks totalling 4.6 hectares of Pinot Noir that producing fine tannins and a distinct minerality. Finally, Cornish Point is an old gold miners settlement and named after the Cornish miners who lived there. This vineyard is usually the first to be harvested due to its lower elevation and wines tend to be dark, dense and softer.

Region

Central Otago

Central Otago is a beautiful and powerful place situated on the South Island of New Zealand with land dominated by rivers and mountains and shaped by glaciers. Part of the Otago region, the climate here goes from one extreme to the other and is the coldest yet driest part of the country which allows for a deep concentration of fruit flavours in the grapes. In this region vines are planted in desert conditions, however the plethora of rivers running through make it ideal for vineyard irrigation. It’s New Zealands most famous region for pinot noir, located inland, and home to some of the world’s most southerly vineyards, Central Otago’s climate enjoys some continentality at its highest vineyards with very cold nights helping to preserve essential freshness in the grapes. Akitu’s vineyards are some of New Zealands highest altitude, Akitu literally being the Mauri translation for the word summit. Central Otago has several well-known sub-regions including Bannockburn, the warmest part of the region and home to Felton Road who create several single vineyard expressions of pinot noir. Valli Vineyards are owned by winemaker Garant Taylor, a man who has been an instrumental part of Central Otago’s wine industry since its very beginning. Valli produce four distinct pinot noirs, each from a different sub-region, Gibbston, Bannockburn, Bendigo and Waitaki, highlighting the unique differences between each of their character.

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