Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Felton Road Pinot Noir's & 2008 Chardonnay

Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2011

Tight as hell at this stage but equally as powerful.  Felton road's base Pinot Noir always delivers much to be enjoyed with a little extra twig action this year.  Don't get me wrong, the wine is still chock full of fruit in the form of cherry, spice, blueberries and dried rose petals with a touch of thyme making its move in the back ground.  The wine has beautiful length and poise but is held back by a little alcohol heat on the back palate.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $56
Rated: 92
Drink: 2015 - 2020
Importer: Red + White

Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir 2011

I have never tasted a block 3 before and I can see why this sells out quickly. This tastes like it has been injected with wild herbs and dark cherries before a mouth puckering set of tannins take over. The wine has layers of flavours and texture but it is a little to coiled up tight for full enjoyment at this stage of it's development. Watch out for this one in a few years time as it will rock your world.

Alcohol: 14%
Price: $95
Rated: 95+
Drink: 2017 - 2026
Importer: Red + White

Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay 2008

The main feature of these Felton Road wines is that they are reserved and cerebral in their approach. What happens here is that there are elements of richness mixed with a lightness of weight. Once the wine is open I can smell caramelised nuts and smoked peach before an army of grapefruit marches in to take over. The mid-palate is rich as hell but everything finishes light and vibrant. Drink now? NO!

Alcohol: 13.5%
Price: $55
Rated: 92+
Drink: Give it four years.
Importer: Red + White

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