WINE TRAVEL: PINOT NOIR FROM CENTRAL OTAGO

“There is a worldwide thirst for fine New Zealand wine. Sauvignon blanc from Marlborough, Pinot Noir from Central Otago and Syrah from Hawke’s Bay have captured the imagination of wine lovers around the globe.” Winsor Dobbin

New Zealand is a two-islands country  in the Pacific Ocean where grapes benefit from the maritime climate and fertile soils to ripen. Winemaking and vine growing go back to colonial times in New Zealand. Nowadays, kiwi wineries have developed their own identity by supporting sustainable viticulture. 

Bannockburn,a sub-region of Central Otago in the South Island, has in contrast to the rest of New Zealand, a continental climate. This wine region provides the perfect growing conditions for Pinot Noir, with a dry climate and soil. Wines from Bannockburn have usually a high level of alcohol because of the intense sunlight exposure.

In Bannockburn, Felton Road Estate engages in a fully organic and biodynamic viticulture to ensure that its fruits arrive at the winery as pure as they can be in order to make premium quality wines. Wines of the vintage 2017 add to New Zealand’s reputation as a premium producer of cool climate wines. Despite a generally excellent summer, autumn weather in some parts of the country made for challenging harvesting decisions.

Felton Road 2017 Pinot Noir is a full-bodied wine, traditionally fermented on skins to extract color, tannin and intense flavors. In accordance with its non-interventionist approach to winemaking, this wine was fermented with indigenous yeast and was not fined or filtered. Aged for 13 months in oak barrels, it expresses the graceful and subtlety of Pinot Noir from Bannockburn by displaying on the palate a silky entry of spice and savoury notes expanding into pure, deep fruits, braced with acidity.

Enjoy ! 

Amsterdam, July, 1 2019