2016 Cornish Point Pinot Noir
|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
The 2016 Cornish Point Pinot Noir has a very pure, perfumed bouquet with red cherry and blackberry scents and hints of pressed rose petals. The palate is well balanced with supple tannin, notes of red cherries and crushed strawberry and a caressing finish. It does not quite deliver the intellectual aspect of Felton’s other Pinots but it will drink well for another decade. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Nov 2018)
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Red licorice and clove add aromatic details to the polished cherry and raspberry flavors, with cigar box, rosemary and fresh loamy earth notes. Plenty of precision and elegance here, with a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2028. Rating: 94 Marvin R. Shanken, Wine Spectator(Aug 2018)
Red licorice and clove add aromatic details to the polished cherry and raspberry flavors, with cigar box, rosemary and fresh loamy earth notes. Plenty of precision and elegance here, with a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2028. Rating: 94 MaryAnn Worobiec, The Wine Spectator(Jul 2018)
Cornish Point was planted in 2000, so these vines are just entering their prime years. The 2016 Cornish Point Pinot Noir features dark berry notes and hints of thyme, coupled with ample weight on the palate and a soft dusting of tannins on the finish. It's approachable now, but it should age gracefully through 2025. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 Rating: 92 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com(Feb 2018)
An attractive layer of rose-like florals here, then lighter berry fruits as well as a plethora of strawberry and wild raspberry fruits with appealing oak spice. The palate has nice focus and drive, and a handy light cherry pip tang. Resolved and fresh. Drink now. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Nov 2017)
Felton Road and Rippon are undoubtedly the two leading vineyards in Central Otago, both making Pinots that are finely textured with fresh fruit flavours, rather than the 'fruit bombs' that so many others produce. Felton Road has been totally organic and biodynamic across their three Bannockburn vineyards since 2005. They have been certified by Demeter since 2009. After that there are more differences than similarities.
While Rippon, at Wanaka is on schist, Felton Road in Banockburn is on clay and calcareous loess. It is also very much in the rain shadow of the Main Divide. Irrigation is used at Rippon to help establish young vines, but dry farming is possible once the vines get their roots down, while at Felton Road permanent irrigation is required for the entire vineyard.
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