Felton Road Cornish Port Pinot Noir 2019
Dark, moody and sensual (just like Tom Felton in Harry Potter), this is one of the most desirable Pinot Noirs in the Felton Road collection.
The Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir has a slightly reserved nose as a young wine, with hints of dark fruits, raspberry, roses and crushed herbs. The palate is dense with a core and mouthfeel filled with dark petals and fruits. It comes with a pleasant and subtle waft of char. The serious texture and harmony gives it an opulent yet refined, brooding and powerful rendition.
The Cornish Point vineyard is often the first Pinot Noir picked each harvest by the Felton Road team. At lower altitudes and in closer proximity to the lake, the fruit develops richness and density that sets it apart from the other Pinots from this producer. Cornish Point is a quiet, reserved premium Pinot Noir, one that takes time to unfurl. It’s powerful and poised, everything you could want in a prestigious Pinot Noir from Central Otago.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 95 Points
Savoury and dried herbs evident on the aroma with floral, violet, dark cherry and berry, grape stems and spicy oak. Made using 25% whole clusters in the fermentation, which might explain a firm tannic structure that makes the wine slightly closed at this stage but suggests a promising future.”
This impressive version is intense and velvety, with dried thyme, black cherry and blackberry flavors, with notes of dragonwell green tea, sweet paprika and cardamom adding an aromatic edge on the long, memorable finish. Drink now through 2035.”
The cedar-accented 2019 Cornish Point Pinot Noir matured 13 months in 30% new French oak, and while there is a woody thumbprint on the nose, the raspberry, black cherry and cola notes bleed through, making an even larger impression. Medium to full-bodied, broad and generous on the palate, this is marked by some dusty (but ripe) tannins, adding richness to the wine’s texture in the mouth and on the lingering finish.
A little reticent on the nose but far more welcoming in the mouth, delivering a silken caress before tightening up again on the finish; the combination of abundant stone-licking tannins and precise acidity creates a taut finish at this early stage in the proceedings. There is plenty of fruit intensity here, offering sweet blackberry and raspberry fruit, a lick of oak-derived cedar and tobacco. A balanced, elegant and fragrant style that will become increasingly refined with time in bottle. (Technical details: 23% whole cluster, 13 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Wild ferment, no fining, no filtering.) Drinking window: 2021 – 2028″
– 91 Points