2018 Felton Road Chardonnay Block 2

2018 Felton Road Chardonnay Block 2

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Expert Reviews

96 Points - Bob Campbell MWFrom 27-year-old Mendoza clone chardonnay vines grown on schist soils, Elms vineyard. Taut, seamless chardonnay with white peach, citrus, lime blossom and wet stone, mineral characters. A high-energy wine of subtle, rather than overt, power and pristine fruit purity. Should develop well with bottle age
93 Points - James SucklingTasted just prior to bottling, this has a very rich and expressive style with abundant stone fruit and ripe yellow citrus fruit, as well as some gently flinty notes. The palate has succulence and depth, really expressive, with a smooth and deeply rich, mouth-filling presence. Drink on release. 93+

Tech stuff

Chardonnay
Felton Road
Central Otago
2018
750ml
12.5%
Cellar to 2030
Screw Cap

How's it taste?

Inviting aromas of white blossom, delicate peach and hints of citrus. Not obvious or overt: just balanced and uncomplicated. However, the palate is where it all becomes more serious with nutty and complex flavours, both mouth-coating and alluring. Harmonising time in barrel (16 months), but no new oak, avails a revelatory transparency promoting an emphasis on site expression. The deep schist soils of Block 2, without make-up and winemaking artefact, are plainly evident in the long and mineral finish.

How was it made?

Mendoza clone Chardonnay from Block 2 was whole bunch pressed and flowed immediately (without settling) by gravity to barrel in the underground cellar. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in seasoned French oak (no new oak) was followed by a long and complete malolactic over the spring and summer. After 16 months in barrel the wine was racked to tank for bottling in late-August 2019. The wine was not fined or filtered.

Who made it?

Felton Road Wines Ltd, in Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand, has planted some of the world's southernmost vineyards. The expression, growing on the edge, has real meaning in Central Otago, with the lowest rainfall and lowest temperatures of any agricultural region in New Zealand.Felton Road ardently adheres to the philosophy that wine quality is determined in the vineyard. Every possible step is taken to ensure that grapes of outstanding quality are delivered to the winery.From their first vintage in 1997, Felton Road wines flew straight to the top of everyone's score sheet, with praise such as Stunning Debut, Best New Winery, and Pinot Noir of the Year. Winemaker, Blair Walter attributes the high quality to the Central Otago distinct soil and climate, the north-facing hillside vineyard, and meticulous care of the vines, not mentioning his skill and wide experience as winemaker. In 2000, Nigel Greening purchased Felton Road having already established a firm interest in Central Otago Pinot Noir with his own Cornish Point Vineyard.

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