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Felton Road

Felton Road was established in New Zealand's Central Otago region by Stewart Elms in the early 1990s. Under the ownership of expatriate Englishman Nigel Greening since 2000 this is acknowledged as one of the world's finest addresses for Pinot Noir.

Nigel Greening

The wines from Felton Road continue to improve. As Nigel explains, this is only partially explained by increasing vine age and bio-dynamic cultivation. He is still learning that whilst Central Otago is similar to Burgundy in its climate, higher UV levels mean that the phenological cycle runs later there. He therefore tends to pick late - with high alcohol levels, to be sure - but fast, with a big team of pickers. Winemaking philosophy is for minimal intervention: gravity flow into open-top fermenters, leaving 20%-30% of the grapes in whole bunch clusters; fermentation using natural yeasts; and, after ageing in only French oak, bottling without fining or filtration.

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  • Felton Road, Block 3 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2015 MAGNUM

    Product Code: FET915M

    Felton Road, Block 3 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2015 MAGNUM

    “"Digestive biscuits and violets on the nose. Beautifully delicate. Very precise and charming. Quite open already. Quite sweet too. Very fine...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: New Zealand
    • Region: Central Otago
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 150cl
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  • Felton Road, Cornish Point Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2015

    Product Code: FET715

    Felton Road, Cornish Point Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2015

    “Cornish Point is a vineyard almost surrounded by water, on loess soils over gravel. Owner Nigel Greening refers to the "exoticism" of this...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light, medium bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: New Zealand
    • Region: Central Otago
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
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  • Felton Road, Calvert Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014

    Product Code: FET814

    Felton Road, Calvert Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014

    “From youngish vines (planted 1999 and 2001) and usually the most precocious of the single vineyard wines, nevertheless showing great depth of...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light, Medium Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: New Zealand
    • Region: Central Otago
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
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