Felton Road

Block 3 Central Otago Pinot Noir

9.297 ratings
9.235 pro ratings
Central Otago, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

Deep crimson in colour. A rich Pinot as it always is with savoury plum notes, integrated oak and soft resolved tannins. Block 3 along with Block 5 always regarded as in the Dress Circle of Otago Pinots along with Mt Difficulty and Terra Sancta (ex Ollsens) all located in Felton Road. As mentioned in an earlier post I prefer other areas in NZ for PN but Felton Road has always been in the top echelon of New Zealand Pinot’s. A “cool” wine in every sense of the word. Good drinking now and can’t see any major improvement apart from becoming more savoury with more cellaring.

Deep crimson in colour. A rich Pinot as it always is with savoury plum notes, integrated oak and soft resolved tannins. Block 3 along with Block 5 always regarded as in the Dress Circle of Otago Pinots along with Mt Difficulty and Terra Sancta (ex Ollsens) all located in Felton Road. As mentioned in an earlier post I prefer other areas in NZ for PN but Felton Road has always been in the top echelon of New Zealand Pinot’s. A “cool” wine in every sense of the word. Good drinking now and can’t see any major improvement apart from becoming more savoury with more cellaring.

Dec 9th, 2018
TheElder Pinot

Great vintage. Has aged very well. Eminently drinkable, nice balance of fruit , tannins and acidity. Happy days!

Great vintage. Has aged very well. Eminently drinkable, nice balance of fruit , tannins and acidity. Happy days!

Jan 2nd, 2018
Bob McDonald

One of NZs best Pinot Noirs and arguably one of the wines that put Central Otago on the map. Full bodied for a Pinot with lush silky fruit flavours. Concentrated and long. Easy to drink. 18+.

One of NZs best Pinot Noirs and arguably one of the wines that put Central Otago on the map. Full bodied for a Pinot with lush silky fruit flavours. Concentrated and long. Easy to drink. 18+.

1 person found it helpfulMar 22nd, 2015
Dwayne Bershaw

Cherry, toasty oak, dried flowers, vanilla, reminded me of Burgundy.

Cherry, toasty oak, dried flowers, vanilla, reminded me of Burgundy.

1 person found it helpfulNov 16th, 2014
Thomas Weber

Pretty killer NZ PN. Stewed tomatoes, spice, red cherries and toast coupled with silky, lush mouthfeel and tannins that could go very well with duck or pork loin.

Pretty killer NZ PN. Stewed tomatoes, spice, red cherries and toast coupled with silky, lush mouthfeel and tannins that could go very well with duck or pork loin.

Apr 17th, 2017
Trevor Maskell

One of the best new world Pinots out there. So focused, deep fruits, almost plum in its concentration. Beautiful hints of oak and silky tannins. Long and fine, this is a wine for aging but we didn't regret opening it.

One of the best new world Pinots out there. So focused, deep fruits, almost plum in its concentration. Beautiful hints of oak and silky tannins. Long and fine, this is a wine for aging but we didn't regret opening it.

Jul 2nd, 2016
Brent Mayeaux

Production Burn Cottage Vineyard

8.7

From magnum. Really nice to see mature Otago Pinot. The fruit is still there, delicate and pillowed up by earthy spice hints and faint oak. Faint herbal notes, especially on opening, we're a bit odd. Unfortunately the heat is still there and as other things faded it was made more pronounced. I fear this may be the case for many older Otago Pinot.

From magnum. Really nice to see mature Otago Pinot. The fruit is still there, delicate and pillowed up by earthy spice hints and faint oak. Faint herbal notes, especially on opening, we're a bit odd. Unfortunately the heat is still there and as other things faded it was made more pronounced. I fear this may be the case for many older Otago Pinot.

Mar 25th, 2016
Brent Mayeaux

Production Burn Cottage Vineyard

8.9

Better on day 2. Big bright concentration of sunshine. Ripe buy has a bit of freshness. Florals came out on the nose on day 2.

Better on day 2. Big bright concentration of sunshine. Ripe buy has a bit of freshness. Florals came out on the nose on day 2.

Feb 13th, 2016
Jonas Mendoza

A New Zealand Pinot Noir in a difficult vintage (2012) that tastes what I enjoy most about Oregon Pinot Noir in a very good vintage. Brambly, black cherry flavors with black tea and freshly turned earth.

A New Zealand Pinot Noir in a difficult vintage (2012) that tastes what I enjoy most about Oregon Pinot Noir in a very good vintage. Brambly, black cherry flavors with black tea and freshly turned earth.

Jan 30th, 2016
Bob Barry

General Manager Winebow

9.2

Very impressive. A big girl but plenty of acid.

Very impressive. A big girl but plenty of acid.

Jan 12th, 2016