Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir

There is a restrained elegance to Felton Road’s 2012s, an understated intensity of fragrance and spice framed in well-defined structure, making this one of the great vintages for the finest estate in New Zealand. The balanced ripeness and depth of flavour of the year allows the fruit to dissolve 28% inclusion of stems in the ferment, energising a gorgeous, pure and fragrant bouquet of red cherries, violets and subtle exotic spice. Delightfully seamless and poised, the palate is impeccably focused and floral, laced with intricate layers of exotic spice and dried herbs. Fine depth of mineral tannins underline a finish of outstanding poise and persistence. $59 at NZ Wine Online and Winecave.