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New Zealand tasting notes

text and photographs © 2007 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on New Zealand's South Island.


Felton Road, Chardonnay 2001
Fine mineral-infused, gently herbal nose, with a very Burgundian profile of gently vegetal, fine buttery aromatics. Lovely fruit quality, with lots of passionfruit and juicy nectarine aromatics. Very ripe and pineapply, with lots of juiciness before a fine, racy. Crisp lemon acidity pushes through.

Felton Road, Chardonnay 2004
Has a nice minerality, with a fine fruit quality. Very juicy and pure, with touches of spangle and a really juicy, fantastically rich and mouthfilling, vibrant fruit. Terrific quality here.

Felton Road, Pinot Noir 2003
Delightfully round, charming, soft earthy red fruits. Lovely aromatics, with plenty of rich, juicy, fine cherry quality and a great deal of savoury black cherry acidity. Lovely finesse and bittersweet plummy fruit in the finish. Delightful.

Felton Road, Pinot Noir 2002
Much more mineral, schisty, earthy and cherry-skinned quality on the nose. Fine background of cedary oak beginning to show through. Beautiful palate-filling fruit, with terrific cut and verve, and a lovely juicy sour acidity. There is a fine acidity here and plenty of bitter plumskin tannin and acidity, adding just a chocolaty.

Felton Road, Pinot Noir Block 3 2003
A richness, with a depth of chocolaty, deep, bittersweet ripe, intensely sweet fruit. Fantastic mouthfilling opulence of fruit, silky tannins and a dense, chocolaty finish. Terrific.

Felton Road, Pinot Noir Block 3 2002
Huge raspberry and chocolate and coffee and chocolate note, with plenty of richness and a huge, sweet fruited with a fine

Felton Road, Pinot Noir Block 5 2000
Finely Burgundian nose, with some vegetal, undergrowth notes. Plenty of herbal qualities. This has a lovely sense of suppleness and density, with fine, racy tannins and acidity, but that supporting weight of fruit, chocolate and coffee-edged oak, and a plushness. Beautiful quality. Terrific wine.

UK Agent: Cornish Point Wines, Tel: 0180 371 2860

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