2015 Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir
Central Otago, New Zealand
The single vineyard Calvert and Cornish Pinots seem to have a greater intensity of fruit, darker and more serious than the Bannockburn, and are every bit as delicious and age-worthy. Tannins are present as well, not quite as rough or dusty as the Bannockburn. We are a bit hard-pressed to pinpoint any huge differences between the Cornish and Calvert Pinots, although the Calvert fruit is darker with perhaps greater drive than the juicier, spicier Cornish.
$58.49 as part of a mixed case.
'14 arriving mid-November.
"The wine leads with the characteristic Calvert restrained nose that is pure and tight. The palate is similarly focussed with great detail and a tight core of vivid red fruits. It delivers a sort of essence of pinosity that leaves no doubt about the wine’s origin. There is a crunch to the texture of the wine as the structure lifts its head, but the tannins are never harsh, simply stating that they are there for the long haul. The wine finishes with the accuracy and finesse that is becoming the hallmark of Calvert."
"The unique gravity flow winery enabled the grapes to be gently destemmed directly into open-top fermenters without pumping with approximately 25% as whole clusters. Traditional fermentation with a moderately long maceration on skins has extracted good colour and tannin with considerable depth of flavour. This wine was aged for 13 months in French oak barrels from highly regarded Burgundian coopers. In accordance with our non-interventionalist approach to winemaking, this wine was fermented with indigenous yeast and was not fined or filtered. 14.5% alc."
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