"Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Block 5 Pinot Noir is youthfully reticent, offering delicate earth and floral notes over a core of red berries and pomegranate, plus a waft of garrigue. Light to medium-bodied, it has a fine backbone of satiny textured tannins and just enough acid to carry the perfumed fruit to a good, long finish. Give it another couple of years in bottle to see it really strut its stuff." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The Felton Road winery in New Zealand's Central Otago was bought by Nigel Greening, a self-described Pinot Noir "addict" from England, in 2000 and has been farmed organically & biodynamically since then. Their grapes are entirely grown in their own 'Elms Bannockburn Vineyard' which has a northerly exposure to help maximise ripeness.
Felton Road's winemaker Blair Walter's experience in Oregon and Burgundy has stood him in good stead for coaxing the best out of the property's vines. He adopts a 'hands off' approach in the unique three-level winery, which is built into the hillside, with the aim of producing wines of elegance, complexity and exceptional depth of fruit.