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Felton Road Pinot Noir Bannockburn 2014 750ml

Rated 94 - A handy array of bright red berries, orange citrus rind, then toasty mocha oak spice, some darker red plum and mouth-wateringly sweet...
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Felton Road Pinot Noir Block 3 2014 750ml

Rated 96 - A bolder wine that has a little more new oak, some swirling herbs and spices, very complex and concentrated wine here. Bright red...
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Felton Road Pinot Noir Block 5 2014 750ml

Rated 93+ - Pale ruby colored with a hint of purple, the 2014 Block 5 Pinot Noir is a little reticent and broody at this youthful stage, with faint...
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Felton Road Pinot Noir Calvert 2014 750ml

Rated 94 - Plush and elegant, offering wild strawberry and raspberry flavors, with plenty of precision to the white pepper and fresh earth notes....
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Mud House Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - #83 Top 100, 2016 - Fleshy and appealing, with vibrant cherry and plum notes that have nutmeg and black tea flavors lingering on the...
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Peregrine Pinot Noir 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Pale to medium ruby with a hint of purple, the 2012 Peregrine Pinot Noir offers tons of expressive red cherry and warm cranberry notes...

Central Otago New Zealand Pinot Noir

Being in the south of New Zealand's lower island, there is no question of the fact that Central Otago is the most southerly wine region on earth. However, despite its rather extreme positioning, the past century or so has proven that Central Otago is in fact something of an idyllic area for viticulture, being shielded by the harsh, oceanic climate by a mountain range which results in a favorable micro climate. Indeed, the region enjoys long, hot and dry summers followed by pleasant autumns, perfect for ripening grapes. This did not go unnoticed by early French settlers in the 19th century, and before long, vineyards were being planted on the sides of vast glacial valleys, and even the earliest results were promising. Today, Central Otago produces an impressive quantity of wine, mostly made with the ever-present Pinot Noir grape varietal, and exports it all over the world.

As with nearby Australia, New Zealand has over the past century proven itself to be a superb location for producing high quality wines in vast amounts, with much of the cooler regions of both islands being used primarily for vine cultivation. New Zealand wineries are notable for their enthusiasm in regards to experimentation, and for utilizing modern technologies and methods to make the most of the imported grape varietals which flourish in the rich, fertile soils and oceanic climate. In recent years, it has been the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines which have gained the most attention, as a result of their smoky character and ability to carry the mineral rich nature of the terroir they grow in. Changing consumer interests have brought about a considerable rise in the production of organic and sustainable wines in New Zealand, of which again, the Sauvignon Blanc varietals are leading the way in regards to excellence, flavor and overall character.

Regularly described as being the grape varietal responsible for producing the world's most romantic wines, Pinot Noir has long been associated with elegance and a broad range of flavors The name means 'black pine' in French, and this is due to the fact that the fruit of this particular varietal is especially dark in color, and hangs in a conical shape, like that of a pine cone. Despite being grown today in almost every wine producing country, Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape variety to cultivate. This is because it is especially susceptible to various forms of mold and mildew, and thrives best in steady, cooler climates. However, the quality of the fruit has ensured that wineries and vintners have persevered with the varietal, and new technologies and methods have overcome many of the problems it presents. Alongside this, the wide popularity and enthusiasm for this grape has ensured it will remain a firm favorite amongst wine drinkers for many years to come.