2016 Felton Road "Cornish Point" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Elsewhere $50) SKU #1327067

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BC 95 WS 94 JS 93
RP 92 W&S 90
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K&L Notes

Winery Tasting Notes: A clear, deep red hue. The wine leads with attractive florals that are exotically perfumed with distinct old-fashioned rose and violets. An uncrowded palate showing opulent, rich deep fruits but balanced rather than the usual Cornish Point avalanche. Lovely mocha, velvety and seductive tannins that lusciously coat the palate. Very textural and complete with outstanding length.

Staff Reviews

  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    In an impressive line-up of 2016 Pinot Noir from Felton Point, the Cornish Point bottling has the grippiest and most overtly powerful structure. Think dark plum and fruit skins on the palate, with a slightly salty and savory aspect that makes you want to drink more. Preferably with a rack of lamb - not simply because the wine is from New Zealand, but as a perfect foil to dark fruited, structured Pinot Noir as delicious and well made as this one!
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    The Kiwis have managed to find a way to my heart with this outstanding pinot from the Central Otago region. Out of all the Felton Road pinots, I gotta say I think the Cornish Point is my personal favorite, as I feel it's top of the line quality pinot for a 40 bucks.. The 30% whole cluster in the winemaking gives it some great green notes for those whole cluster nerds like myself.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    The Cornish Point for me is pure Gevrey styling with beautiful black cherry and mulberry fruit. It has touches of anise and chocolate that add depth and succulent structure. The fullest and most polished of the Felton trio, this is sexy and appealing. This is the one that I will have the most trouble keeping my hands off of.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    Of all the wonderful Felton Road Pinot Noir’s, the Cornish Point bottling might just be the most complete of this years offerings. I was intrigued by the enchanting aromas of flowers, red berries, and a touch of wood spice. The hallmark flavors of Central Otago Pinot Noir are abundantly present. There’s plenty of high toned red cherry fruit along with a touch of forest floor and minerality. The wine is sufficiently opulent for early consumption but the structure let’s you know that there are many fine years ahead for this world class Pinot Noir.
  • Cameron Price
    By: Cameron Price
    K&L Staff Member
    The Cornish Point is not as warm and toasty as it's counterpart, the Calvert but is no slouch either! The vineyard is surrounded by water moderating the temperature in the colder, Southern New Zealand months and allows for superb ripeness. The Cornish Point is aged 13 months is French oak with a richer fruit forward nose giving gorgeous hints of ripe cherries and blueberries. There are some floral elements as well but this wine really walks a fine line between fruit and subtle toastiness. The Felton Road Pinot Noirs offer up good complexity and value and are surprisingly approachable. These wines will and should be drank for pure pleasure!
    Drink from 2018 to 2021
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A typically forward, exotic, fragrant Cornish Point bottling. Soft, spicy, succulent fruit. Lots of rose petal and Asian spice. Silky, ripe tannin, and elegantly fruit forward palate with nice wet stone mineral underpinnings. Totally drinkable and delicious. A Pinot lovers dream.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    The Cornish Point is a beautiful, single-vineyard offering from Felton Road. This winery only uses estate fruit in their bottlings to ensure the fruit coming in is of the highest quality, handled gently, and both organic and biodynamic. The juice is then gravity-fed through the winery to avoid jolting the wine, allowed to go through primary and secondary fermentation naturally, then bottled unfined and unfiltered to maintain structure and flavor. The Cornish Pinot Noir vineyard is almost entirely surrounded by water, which keeps it at a more temperate micro-climate. As a result it tends to exhibit more dark fruit than the others and a very juicy mouthfeel.
    Top Value!


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