Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir 2017

Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir 2017

 

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Felton Road
Calvert Pinot Noir 2017
  • Vintage : 2017
  • Country : New Zealand
  • Region : Central Otago
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Fruity Medium Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Pinot Noir

Experts Score Vintage
JS James Suckling 94 2017
W&S Wines & Spirits 94 2017
BC Bob Campbell MW 96 2016
WS Wine Spectator 93 2016
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 92 2016
RP Robert Parker 91 2016
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Wafts of elegant perfumed florals dominate the nose in the usual Calvert manner, but with a stronger emphasis in this very precise and attractively scented vintage. Hints of crushed spice and red fruits give way again to a cascade of florals on the palate. Ethereal, sophisticated and majestic.

The finish is tightly focussed with its characteristic fine grained and seamless tannins. Silky and long.

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2017)
Impressive, fresh, dark-cherry and blueberry aromas here with violet flowers, too. The palate has a very sleek, polished and velvety texture with ample,spiced-blueberry and red-cherry flavors, delivering a succulent, juicy and long finish. Really stunning pinot here. Drink now. Screw cap.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 94 Points (2017)
This is definitive Central Otago pinot in the tannic precision of its cold-climate savory spice notes. Blair Walter grows it under biodynamics (Demeter certified) at the Calvert Vineyard, a 25-acre site on Felton Road that the winery began leasing when it was planted in 2001; they purchased just under half of it in 2013. The Bannockburn soils of silty loam mix here with lake-bed clay, quartz sand and fine schist gravel on a sunny, north-facing slope that ripens fruit earlier than the Elms Vineyard, which surrounds the winery. That cool Otago sun comes across in briary berry flavors, herbal notes and apple-skin crunch. It needs a few years to integrate the toasted oak, but the wine’s fragrance lasts, bright and brisk.

Bob Campbell MW (BC) : 96 Points (2016)
Supple, fruity Pinot Noir with distinct violet, red rose, dark cherry, spice, anise and thyme characters. A silken-textured wine with a long and seamless finish. Very approachable now but promises to develop well with bottle age. (1/2018)

Wine Spectator (WS) : 93 Points (2016)
Fleshy cherry and blackberry notes have an appealing velvety texture, with pops of black pepper, dried lavender and sage, lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 2,164 cases made.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 92 Points (2016)
The 2016 Calvert Pinot Noir has a little more definition on the nose than the 2016, featuring a mixture of red and black fruit tinged with black truffle and smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with red berry fruit, tomato vine, a touch of white pepper and an elegant finish that perhaps just misses the harmony and persistence of the previous vintage. Nevertheless, this is still very pretty and succinct Pinot Noir that should age well in bottle if so desired. (NM) (11/2018)

Robert Parker (RP) : 91 Points (2016)
Made with 25% whole clusters, the 2016 Calvert Pinot Noir is floral and herbal up front, with distinct rose petal and thyme aromas. Red berries take charge on the palate, although there's a resinous herbal note from start to finish. This medium-bodied wine is supple enough to be approachable now, but it has the concentration to age through 2025.

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DCT
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VN
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RP
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JR
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Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir 2017 Reviewed by James Suckling 04-03-2020 . Score: 4