Another powerful iteration of Pinot from this Bannockburn site, it has a deep-set brooding and spicy nose in addition to a meaty, ferment-derived reduction that opens up with air. It's a modern Pinot Noir for sure. There's an array of herbal, sappy elements leading into a bright ripe and pure set of red cherry and wild raspberry fruits as well as cherry pastry and woody spices. The palate has a rich, fleshy texture and delivers ripe cherry fruits on a smoothly rendered base of even-paced tannins. It's impressively ripe and groomed, long and supple and even shows some red plums and cherry pip through the finish and an almost chalky textural twist. One of the more approachable vintages of this legendary single-site Felton Pinot. Drink now and through to 2025.
After trailing Block 5 in price since its first release, Block 3 now carries the same price tag as Block 5. Block 3 has always appeared to me to be a little more precocious than Block 5. I haven’t yet tasted the 2015 Block 5 (which is released later than Block 3) but this year’s Block 3 does appear to have a little more structure than usual. Dark cherry, layers of spice, a suggestion of fresh herbs and subtle oak. It’s an elegant wine showing restrained power.
Pale to medium ruby colored with a hint of purple, the 2015 Block 3 Pinot Noir opens with some earthy/stem notes, which soon give way to a core of red and black cherries, mulberries and violets, plus hints of black tea and tree bark. Medium-bodied, the black berry and earth flavors fill the mouth supported by a frame of ripe, fine grained tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long.
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