2022 Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir

Highly Rated
The most delicate and floral of the outstanding premium Felton Road Pinot Noirs.

Sale price$105.00
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The Calvert Pinot Noir is always a little more floral and delicate when compared to the other fine Pinot Noirs in the Felton Road stable.

Calvert vineyard sits just a kilometre away from the Elms vineyard and home winery. The fruit from this site always provides the most aromatic and ethereal style of Pinot Noir for Felton Road.

It's an exemplary Central Otago Pinot that will cellar very well for the coming decade or more.

Tasting Note:
Characteristic Calvert florals lead the nose with
violets and dark rose petals dominating. The
warmer 2022 vintage attempts to outplay the
vineyard character, but as we have come to
learn with this vineyard, Calvertness is rarely, if
ever, outclassed. The deep silt soils and
naturally moderated vine vigour provides
intensity and detailed, elegant tannins. Fine and
regal: a classic Calvert.

Commencing with meticulous site selection and
vineyard design in 1991, Felton Road's story is one of
refusal to compromise. A strict 100% estate policy
with fully organic and biodynamic viticulture (BioGro
and Demeter certified) ensures that our fruit arrives at
the winery as pure as it can be, while our entire estate
comes as close to true sustainability as is possible. A
commitment to hands off winemaking: gravity flow;
indigenous yeasts and malolactic; an avoidance of
fining and filtration; all help preserve the wine's
expression of its terroir. The result is Riesling,
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which accurately express
the authenticity and complexity of our unique
Gareth King; Viticulturist, Blair Walter; Winemaker, Nigel
Greening; Proprietor.

Vineyard & Viticulture:
Felton Road farms four properties totalling 34 ha in
the Bannockburn subregion of Central Otago. Calvert
Vineyard is located on Felton Road and is just 1km east
of The Elms Vineyard and the winery. The soils at
Calvert are deep heavy silts with a thin layer of loess
topsoil. Meticulous summer management of a single
vertical shoot positioned (VSP) canopy ensures even
and early fruit maturity. Shoot thinning, shoot
positioning, leaf plucking, bunch thinning and harvest
are all carried out by hand to ensure optimum quality
fruit. Cover crops are planted between rows to assist
in vine balance and to improve soil health and general

Regular rainfall throughout spring and early summer
was higher than normal, and along with warmer soil
temperatures, resulted in solid early season growth.
Flowering commenced early in warm and ideal
conditions with a cool spell and rain at the end, which
had a minor effect on fruit set, but mainly confined to
Riesling. A warm and dry January continued to
advance development with veraison starting early and
proceeding rapidly. Early February rain replenished
drying soils and a cooler month was welcomed to
arrest the advanced development. A return to warm
and dry weather from early March meant grapes
ripened quickly during the final stages. Harvest
commenced early on March 16 with Chardonnay
from Elms and Pinot Noir following the next day
from Cornish Point. The harvest of Pinot Noir from
the four vineyards was completed by April 4.

The unique gravity flow winery enabled the grapes
to be gently destemmed directly into open-top
fermenters without harsh pumping with
approximately 25% retained as whole clusters.
Long pre-fermentation soaks of 8-10 days prior to
fermentation with indigenous yeasts and punched
down by hand up to two times per day with a total
time on skins of 21-24 days. Pressed off and
barrels filled immediately by gravity to the
underground barrel cellars. The wine spent 16
months in barrel (28% new French) with two
rackings and no fining or filtration, before bottling
in early-September 2023.

95 Points - "Fantastic clarity and transparency in this wine with fresh strawberries and cherries. So bright. Medium to full body with very fine tannins that are integrated and energetic. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink or hold. Screw cap." - James Suckling

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