Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir 2020

Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir 2020

 

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Felton Road
Block 3 Pinot Noir 2020
  • Vintage : 2020
  • Country : New Zealand
  • Region : Central Otago
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Fruity Medium Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
  • Grappes : 100% Pinot Noir

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 95 2019
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 94 2019
WS Wine Spectator 93 2019
RP Robert Parker 93 2019
WE Wine Enthusiast 93 2018
BC Bob Campbell MW 99 2017
DCT Decanter 95 2017
More information on wine critics and ratings

A deep, meaty nose of dark fruit, complexing hints of humus and dark rose. The palate is surprisingly more opulent than the colour might suggest. A rich entry of wild bramble that leads to an enticing chalkiness.

Riding along the bottom of the palate is a seam of impressive richness: chocolate; mocha; dense with a chewy, herbal complexity.

Sophisticated, sensual and unmistakably Block 3. 

James Suckling (JS) : 95 Points (2019)
Real purity of pinot noir fruit here with strawberries, orange peel, flowers and crushed pepper on the nose. It’s full-bodied, yet very tight and curated on the palate, providing fantastic length and focus. Tight at the end, but all there. Try after 2023, when it will have opened up.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 94 Points (2019)
This is a dense, rich and satisfying style with masses of concentration and harnessed power. Despite this, the wine retains a sense of clarity and elegance through its core. The tannins are delightful, speaking of the 27-year-old vines and the gentle maceration regime; they coat the mouth, providing a . There are layers of detailed aromas from flowers and woody herbs through cherry fruits to the more earthy, savory nuances of clove, cinnamon and cedar. Lengthy, fragrant yet brooding, this is an excellent offering that will stand the test of time. Drinking window: 2022 - 2031

Wine Spectator (WS) : 93 Points (2019)
Dark chocolate, black cherry and plum flavors show a mix of licorice, cumin and turmeric, adding a savory thread. Matcha green tea and white pepper notes are followed by a touch of currant that lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2035.

Robert Parker (RP) : 93 Points (2019)
Still marked by a faint stemminess (25% whole clusters were utilized), the 2019 Block 3 Pinot Noir looks to have the fruit weight and richness to eventually absorb that element. Scents of rose hips and black tea are joined by hints of mushrooms and root vegetables to accent black cherry, plum and cola notes. It's medium to full-bodied, rich and loamy, with plush, soft tannins and a long, gently dusty finish. Rating:93+

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 93 Points (2018)
Block 3—one of Felton Road’s oldest vineyard blocks at around 25 years—is located on some of the estate’s deepest, heaviest soils. There’s power here, and also a fair bit of oak influence, but there’s elegance and complexity in spades. Raspberry and blueberry fruit combine with potpourri spice, vanilla, chocolate and a bit of earthy, Burgundy-style reductive funk. There’s a lovely texture on the palate: silky with bright fruit, chalky acidity and a well-structured line of tannins. A slightly oaky astringency that should dissipate over time creeps in on the finish.

Bob Campbell MW (BC) : 99 Points (2017)
This a terrific example of one of the country's consistently best wines. I find the silken, seamless texture totally seductive. It's challenging to identify individual flavours because there are so many of them, this wine defines complexity. Floral, herb, berry fruit and an array of hard-to-describe savoury elements suggesting baked earth, wood smoke and the sort of scents you might encounter in sniffing distance of a Turkish spice stall. (7/2018)

Decanter (DCT) : 95 Points (2017)
The latest offering from the Block 3 vineyard is all about texture; it fills the mouth with its suave and elegant style. This is a total success, born of a rather small-yielding season due to unsettled weather at flowering, and the vintage was almost scuppered with near-freezing temperatures just before harvest. As always, it seduces you and has layers of aromas from red cherry and Christmas spices, florals and deep savoury flavours, which linger long. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030 (RG) (9/2018)

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Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir 2020 Reviewed by James Suckling 05-03-2022 . Score: 4