Saturday, October 8, 2011

Some perplexing observations drinking Felton Road Pinot Noir

Those who follow my blog will know that I have collected Felton Road Pinot Noir for quite some time.  I tend to order a variety of their releases. Their higher volume 'base' wine is now called Bannockburn and the rarer premium wines are Block 3 and Block 5. In the last few years, a couple of other single vineyard Pinots have been added to the portfolio.

A few days ago, I drank two of those wines on consecutive nights, the 2005 Felton Road Pinot Noir and the 2006 Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir. The 2005 showed amazingly well. It was full flavoured and it had a silky finish which expanded on the back palate (96/+++ points). The 2006 Block 3 was good, too. A softer wine, as it often is, with a smooth finish, but not the Burgundian fan as the 2005 (94/++points).

The story here is: the vintage is more significant than the particular wine. The Block wines are quite a bit more expensive, but you mainly pay for the rarity factor. It seems the great Central Otago vintages come in odd years like 05, 07 and 09 (as Gippsland used to be). The cooler vintages are preferable, there is always enough sun.


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