100% Pinot Noir from Felton Road's Block 3, situated on a gentle north-facing slope in the heart of The Elms vineyard, Bannockburn, Central Otago.
Unique gravity flow enabled fruit to be gently destemmed directly into open-top fermenters without pumping, with approx 30% whole clusters. Traditional fermentation with a moderately long maceration and aged in French oak barrels. In accordance with Felton Road's non-interventionalist approach to winemaking, it was fermented with indigenous yeast and not fined or filtered.
Opening notes of characteristic Indian spice and dried herbs overlie a basket of ripe dark fruits. It is opulent and profound: the sheer breadth on the palate is staggering. It's not ripeness or concentration of fruit that’s leading the charge; more a perfect harmony, balance and utter completeness. There’s no doubting its "somewhereness": it is unique and that’s what we love about Block 3. Velvety textured tannins eventually bring it all to a close... then come back for an encore!
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