Chardonnay, Block 2, Central Otago, 2017

  Felton Road

Unlike the Bannockburn Chardonnay, the block chardonnays are all made from the famous Mendoza clone, giving a distinct citrus edge to the wines. Much less tropical than Bannockburn, more ruby grapefruit, with a crystallised and salted citrus rind note. Fluid and texture with a clean and crisp finish. An east facing site of 25 year old vines, rather old by New Zealand standards. Aged for 17 months in used French oak barrels.

Contains Sulphites.

About Felton Road

Felton Road is a boutique winery situated in Bannockburn, Central Otago which is the most southerly wine growing region in the world. Here small pockets of vineyard shadowed by snow-capped mountains have a unique microclimate that enables the production of fi ne wine even here on the outer limits of sustainable wine production. The hot days, cool nights and long dry autumns play a vital role in this. The winemaking philosophy here is a ‘softly, softly’ approach – at no point in the viticulture or winemaking processes is the human hand allowed to make its mark too heavily. Felton Road work in tandem with nature using organic treatments, manure and plant cover crops to ensure natural bio-diversity in the vineyards. Low yields are achieved through hand pruning and all picking takes place by hand. In the cellars Burgundian barrels are used for the oak-aged wines and bottling takes place without fining or filtration. The result is inspiring, envigorating wine.

Appellation: Central Otago

The most southerly wine growing region in the world, and home to some of New Zealands most exciting and dynamic wine producers. Pinot Noir thrives on the continental climate, where strong day night temperature swings produce wines of huge allure and fruit. Pinot gris, Chardonnay and Riesling make up the rest of the plantings.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.