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James Halliday 2006 Fel­ton Road Pinot Noir A VER­TI­CAL tast­ing of the Fel­ton Road pinot noirs, start­ing with 1997 and fin­ish­ing with the new re­lease 2006, was a con­vinc­ing demon­stra­tion of facts prov­ing the­o­ries. They had a re­mark­able con­sis­tency of colour, al­co­hol (all be­tween 13.5 per cent and 14.5 per cent), struc­ture and tex­ture. My tast­ing note for the 2006 Pinot Noir ($64, 94 points) (the main wine, the other two be­ing Calvert and Cor­nish sin­glevine­yard wines) was: ‘‘ Bril­liant clar­ity yet no fil­tra­tion, ex­tremely fine, long and pure, a sim­ple evo­ca­tion of place and variety with great de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial.’’ I wrote that re­strained note with­out hav­ing read the back­ground ma­te­rial and with the glo­ri­ously fra­grant and com­plex 2005 try­ing hard to steal the thun­der of the ’ 06. www.redand­

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