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Felton Road wines is located in Bannockburn, Central Otago in New Zealand, the most southerly wine growing region in the World. Here, vineyards are nestled into small macroclimates totally surrounded by high mountains, many of which are snowcapped all year round. Though the location is on the edge of sustainable viticulture these macroclimates consistently combine hot days, cool nights and long dry autumns. The latitude of 45 degrees south is similar to the Willamette Valley in Oregon and some of the finest wine regions of France. "Both of Felton Road's Pinot Noirs are breakthrough efforts in New Zealand, and compete with the finest wines being made in California, Oregon and Burgundy's Cote D'Or. The Wine Advocate; Robert Parker

With a little more structure but none of the overt juiciness of the other two wines, Block 3 is a much more thoughtful creature. There is considerable structure here and it is quite different to the Bannockburn and Cornish Point wines in the tempo and delivery of its wares. This is potentially a great wine. It is the first release where I feel the Village, Premier Cru, Grand Cru hierarchy looming into view at Felton Road. Before I was stuck in Village, Premier, Premier Plus mode. The fruit here is noticeably grander than in the other two wines, it is also wilder and more pagan. The oak is more liberally applied and it needs this framework on which to drape its kaleidoscopic fruit. I urge you not to touch this wine for at least five years because at the moment equal and opposite forces are pulling and pushing the detailed Pinot fruit in all directions. When this maelstrom settles I feel confident that you will experience a defining wine in the history of this illustrious estate. Rating: 19+/20; Matthew Jukes 

 

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