About this winery
Felton Road is an astonishing overnight success story. In just over 20 years Felton Road has become the global benchmark for New World pinot noir and has played a massive role in making Central Otago a new buzzword in the world of wine. Felton Road winemaker Blair Walter is an exceptional character, blessed equally with intellectual brilliance and extreme modesty. He is a captivating and insightful speaker, with the special ability to articulate complex ideas in such a way that they are made to...
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Notes about product
Block 5 is situated on a gentle, north facing slope in the heart of The Elms vineyard and was planted in 1993. The soils vary up the slope from heavy loess and silt, clay and angular schist gravels.
20% of the fruit was retained as whole clusters with the remainder carefully de-stemmed directly to the fermenters by gravity. 8-10 days of soaking occurred prior to fermentation with indigenous yeasts and punch-downs by hand up to two times per day. The wine spent 16 months in barrel (30% new French) with two rackings and no fining or filtration, before bottling.
A brooding nose led by hints of blackberry, potpourri and polished leather notes. The palate is focused, yet complex. Harmoniously balanced and a finish that seems to never end.