Pinot Noir Calvert 2018


Pinot Noir Calvert

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
Product code
6 x 750ml
Listing type
New Zealand
Regulated designation
Table wine
South Island
Central Otago
Pinot Noir 100 %
Winery's website

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

Felton Road farms four properties totalling 32 hectares in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago. Calvert Vineyard is located on Felton Road and is just 1km east of The Elms Vineyard and the winery. The soils at Calvert are deep heavy silts with a thin layer of loess topsoil.

Winemaking notes

The grapes were gently destemmed directly into open-top fermenters without pumping with approximately 25% as whole clusters. Pre-fermentation soaks of 8-10 days prior to fermentation with indigenous yeasts, and punched down by hand up to two times per day. Pressed off and barrels filled immediately by gravity to underground barrel cellars. Aged 16 months in barrel (30% new French) with two rackings and no fining or filtration, before bottling.

Tasting notes

A floral and delightfully perfumed nose immediately engages and enthrals. Sweet fruit opens the palate exposing layers of dark cherry, spice and complex earthy notes. The sense of immediacy and open appeal is quickly tempered by its structural and mineral tannins.

Press reviews

Wine Advocate

- 93 points -

Joe Czerwinski, February 2020

The 2018 Calvert Pinot Noir displays intertwined briary notes of red raspberries and resinous herbs. It's medium-bodied, with supple, slightly dusty tannins, but there's also a wiry backbone of acidity that further brightens the wine and imparts terrific length on the mocha-tinged finish.

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Wine Spectator

- 93 points -

April 2020

Distinctive, firm and focused, with a note of minerality weaving around the dried berry and cherry flavors at the core. Touches of spice, black tea and dark chocolate linger.

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James Suckling

(94-95) POINTS

October 2019

Tasted at bottling, this has very attractive, floral and sappy aromas with ripe red cherries, blueberries, blood oranges and orange zest. The oak is very subtle. The palate is very smooth and deeply creamy with a super succulent and rich array of juicy, lithe tannin , carrying to a long, fleshy and fluid finish. From biodynamically grown grapes.

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