Felton Road's most expensive pinot noir is a supremely elegant wine layers of coffee, violet, fresh herb, dark cherry and mixed spice flavours. It's long and linear, with a fine and slightly peppery texture. Can be enjoyed now but will deliver much more in time.
Dark, deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fine and firm, with intense savoury dark-red berry with hark herb and savoury whole cluster notes. Already complex. On palate the clone 10/5 savoury dark-red fruit and layers of dark herbs with stalk fragrances are the feature. The richness is balanced by fine structure. But there is an underlying power that carries the wine with linearity. There is no hurry, as the complexities have just begun to show.
This moves up a gear in terms of complexity and swagger. Always a confident wine in the mix of Felton Road creations, it has reassuring cherry fruit depth on the nose as well as fragrant and ethereal perfumed character with citrus rind and cocoa powder which lifts it impressively. The palate has an array of strawberry, raspberry, boysenberry and red cherry fruits cast in a web of ripe, fine tannins that twists tight into the finish. Iron fist, velvet glove effect. Best from 2021.
Deeper, denser and meatier than the other 2016s, the 2016 Block 3 Pinot Noir underwent similar élevage of 13 months in 35% new French oak. Plum, cola and earthy notes come across as slightly chunkier and more angular than the other wines, but the higher tannin levels should also support longer aging. This medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir is delicious now, but it should be even better in another 5 years' time. (JC)
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