Saturday, November 28, 2009

Felton Road Central Otago Block 3 Pinot Noir 2006

This is as close to Grand Cru Burgundy New Zealand have ever got. The Felton Road Central Otago Block 3 Pinot Noir 2006 is an elite wine that can definitely be excused for the price tag. Very little translucency in the glass gives me the impression that this was left on skins for at least 17 days and maybe more. Bitter chocolate and spicy plum are very forward on the nose yet it is the palate that is the absolute star; thick red fruit of tart cranberry and cherry are followed by seamless acid holding together spices of cinnamon and dried tea with a gorgeous hit of game and funk – bacon fat meets forest floor if I may say. it all sounds terribly wanky but this is why Pinot Noir drinkers are labelled fanatics! Sensual and elegant in every way. Mucho Fantastico!!

Drink with five spiced duck – a fair dinkum Susan!
Drink till 2018
Screwcap 13.5%v/v $90 Barrons Cellars Perth


  1. Next time you search out something resembling Grand Cru Burgundy from NZ seek out Rippon 2006, Lindis River 2006 both from Central Otago. Sandihurst Canterbury 2006, and Alana Estate from Marinborough. These wines are sure to wow you if you like NZ Pinot Noir.
    I hope you are able to find them.

  2. I'm very familiar with Rippon and Alana Estate, but not so much with Sandihurst or Lindis Estate - will be on the lookout.
    Are you familiar with Mountford Estate and do you rate them?