Felton Road Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
2014 Pinot Noir Bannockburn
The nose leads with cinnamon, vanilla and more red fruits than the typical dark cherry from this warmer 2013 vintage. A soft and comforting mouthfeel that is broad and expansive. Being a blend of our three Bannockburn vineyards, this contributes various layers of generous ripe fruits and creamy textural elements. The wine has a pleasant rusticity to the structure adding complexity and depth. Hints of liquorice on the long enveloping finish.
A real intensity to the perfume of rose and violets, and a potpourri of spice. The palate dances and while it certainly has power and weight, it is light on its feet and feels effortless. Vibrant raspberry, hints of crushed herbs, silky, but with a continuous seam of polished sinew supplying the muscle that keeps it aloft. The frame reveals itself in the finish and hints that the wine will cellar for the long haul and reward such patience fully. But when it is this seductive, it’s hard to see much chance of a lot of it surviving that long!
Wine Spectator Insider, MaryAnn Worobiec, June 2016 - Bay leaf, juniper and forest floor notes add an intriguing, fresh green edge to the juicy cherry and cranberry flavours, lingering with a note of dried lavender. Drink now through 2026 93 Points
Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, December 2015 - “Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Bannockburn Pinot Noir has a ripe cherries, red plum and dried lavender scented nose with a waft of dried leaves. Medium-bodied, it offers a good concentration of plush red berry flavours and soft tannins, finishing with a herbal lift. 89 Points
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