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100 Pinot Noir from four of Felton Road's vineyards; Cornish Point, Calvert, MacMuir and The Elms, located in the Bannockburn area of Central Otago.
Unique gravity flow enabled fruit to be gently destemmed directly into open-top fermenters without pumping, with approx 25% whole clusters. Traditional fermentation with a moderately long maceration on skins. Aged 13 months in French oak barrels from artisan Burgundian coopers. In accordance with Felton Road's non-interventionalist approach, the wine was fermented with indigenous yeast and not fined or filtered.
The immediate potpourri of flowers on the nose is gracefully entwined with subtle minerality. The palate begins precise and playful, showing sandalwood and fine spice notes. A surprising breadth that the tight focus doesn't immediately reveal. Balanced and complete: possessing lovely charm, harmony and a persistent finale. Irresistible in its youth but further complexities will no doubt emerge.
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