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.
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.
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.