2021 Calvert Pinot Noir
|New Zealand, South Island
What fragrance the 2021 Pinot Noir Calvert displays - it twists and turns with its florals, wild herbs, fennel and licorice, which make for layers of interest with the red cherry and raspberry fruit showing through on the finish. The quality of the tannins is refined and has a sense of coating the palate with a cocoa powder-like fineness. Drawn out and long with taut acidity. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 92 Rebecca Gibb MW - Vinous.com (Apr 2023)
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A very open and plush textured red with velvet and tile undertones. Full and layered with plums and oranges. Firm at the end. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Better in two to three years. Screw cap. Rating: 95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2022)
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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