|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
The 2017 Cornish Point Pinot Noir reveals a touch more oak than the regular Pinot Noir bottling, its red fruit notes taking on a bit of a glossy mocha sheen. It's not enough to detract from the quality of the underlying fruit, which showcases ripe cherries and raspberries. Medium to full-bodied, with a supremely silky, plush texture and a long finish, this wine should drink well for up to a decade from the vintage. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026 Rating: 93 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com (Aug 2019)
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The 2017 Cornish Point Pinot Noir encapsulates everything I love about New Zealand's take on this variety. It is unashamedly Kiwi in style, makes no bows towards Burgundy, yet delivers all the same attributes. The bouquet is wonderfully defined, displaying slightly darker fruit than the 2016, hints of blackberry and briar and a touch of white Chinese tea. The palate is beautifully balanced and extremely pure, offering pitch-perfect acidity and caressing, detailed dark plum and wild strawberry fruit on the finish. What a great Pinot Noir! Drinking range: 2019 - 2032 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Nov 2018)
A richly fruited style with black-cherry and berry aromas and flavors, cast in a gently muscular bed of grainy tannins that delivers a smooth, plush and luxuriant mouthfeel. Dark-plum finish. Needs time. Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Oct 2018)
Plush and supple, with black licorice-scented black cherry and blueberry flavors and spice, vanilla and cherry cola accents smoothing out the edges. Appealing for the richness and depth. 1,996 cases made. (Mary-Ann Worobiec) Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 92 The Wine Spectator, www.winespectator.com(Jul 2018)
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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