Another typically powerful iteration of pinot from this Bannockburn site, this has a deep-set, brooding and spicy nose and some meaty ferment-derived reduction that opens up with air. This shows the impressive quality expected of a modern pinot noir. There’s an array of herbal sappy elements leading into a bright ripe and pure set of red cherries and wild raspberry fruits. And don’t miss the cherry-pastry notes and woody spices; this is a really composed and complex wine. The palate has a rich, fleshy texture and delivers ripe cherry fruits on a smoothly rendered base of even-paced tannin. This is impressively ripe and groomed and long and supple. Some red plums and cherry pips run through the finish, which shows an almost chalky textural twist. This is full of pleasure and drinking well now. One of the more approachable vintages of this legendary, single-site Felton pinot. Drink now and through to 2025.
Pale to medium ruby colored with a hint of purple, the 2015 Block 3 Pinot Noir opens with some earthy/stem notes, which soon give way to a core of red and black cherries, mulberries and violets, plus hints of black tea and tree bark. Medium-bodied, the black berry and earth flavors fill the mouth supported by a frame of ripe, fine grained tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long.