2020 Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir
Central Otago is an amazing region to visit. Truly, one of the most scenic Ava’s in the entire world. It has a mountainous terrain with unique soils and weather, making it ideal for growing world-class Pinot Noir. I was lucky to have a chance to visit New Zealand in early 2020 and during my travels I passed right by Feltom Road on my way out of Queenstown. I have always regretted the opportunity of visiting this special property.
Recently, I had the opportunity of trying the Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir. This 19-acre parcel was named after the Cornish Gold Miners. The first thing that grabs you with this wine is the intense aromatics in the glass. There is a bit of mushroom and earthiness along with an edge of fruit forward brightness. Also, there is a hint of spice that lingers for minutes. On the palate there’s plenty of complexity with notes of raspberry, dark fruits, and herbs. This wine is slightly more fruit forward than the Bannockburn. The mid-palate is round and textured with a nice, finely grained tannic structure. I think that with a little more bottle age this wine will continue to integrate further. This wine is an excellent expression of what defines the unique terroir of Central Otago.
By Steve B Kwolek