Wine of the Week NZ

Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir 2017, Central Otago, NZD $109

This a terrific example of one of the country’s consistently best wines. I find the silken, seamless texture totally seductive. It’s challenging to identify individual flavours because there are so many of them, this wine defines complexity. Floral, herb, berry fruit and an array of hard-to-describe savoury elements suggesting baked earth, wood smoke and the sort of scents you might encounter in sniffing distance of a Turkish spice stall. (Screwcap)

Score: 99 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: now to 2028

Food: Rotolo beef cheek, silverbeet, porcini béchamel

Stockists: Decant, Christchurch; Caro’s Wines, Auckland (NZ); WineStar online (AU) Red + White (AU distributors)

Ranked: #1 of 42 2017 Pinot Noir from Central Otago

Awarded: Top Rank

Winery Rating: 97.1 Weighted average of their top 5 recently tasted wines

Price Rating Map & Vintage Chart: How the wine fits in the winery’s range?

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