Felton Road Chardonnay 2009 (12 x 750mL), Central Otago, NZ.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

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Overview

The palate is smooth, racy and seamless, with a full texture, but a lithe and taught structure. It is clean and long in the finish, expressing the fruit aromas of the unique Bannockburn “terroir” plus complex leesy/mineral characters.

Region:
NZ - Central Otago
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

The 2009 Chardonnay is youthfully mute with subtle aromas of peach blossom, apricots, blanched cashews, oatmeal, pebbles and honeysuckle. Rich, full and silky in the mouth, the concentrated, tight-knit flavors are nicely off-set by crisp acid, finishing long. Drink it 2012 to 2016+. Rating 91 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate#191 (OCT/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Pale straw

Aroma

The wine is pert and lively with spring flowers and citrus blossom and just a hint of hazelnut.

Palate

The palate is smooth, racy and seamless, with a full texture, but a lithe and taught structure. It is clean and long in the finish, expressing the fruit aromas of the unique Bannockburn “terroir” plus complex leesy/mineral characters.

Food Matching

This rich yet elegant chardonnay is suited to a variety of dishes including shellfish, poultry and veal.

Cellaring Potential

Whilst delicious now, the 2009 Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay will take some bottle age to start to evolve the evident complexity that lies in wait.

Vintage
2009
Region
NZ - Central Otago
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14%

Winery Profile

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Beginning with meticulous site selection and vineyard design in 1991, Felton Road’s story is one of refusal to compromise. A strict 100% estate policy with fully organic and biodynamic viticulture ensures that the fruit arrives at the winery as pure as it can be, whilst the entire estate comes as close to true sustainability as is possible. A commitment to hands off winemaking: gravity flow, wild yeasts, wild malo, an avoidance of fining and filtration all help preserve the wine’s expression of its terroir. No additions or adjustments are performed unless they absolutely need to be. The result is Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which Felton Road believe express the authenticity and complexity of their unique vineyards.

Felton Road farms three vineyard properties totalling 32 hectares in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago. Meticulous summer management of a single vertical shoot positioned (VSP) canopy ensures even and early fruit maturity. Shoot thinning, shoot positioning, leaf plucking, bunch thinning and harvest are all carried out by hand to ensure optimum quality fruit. Cover crops are planted between rows to assist in vine balance and to improve soil health and general biodiversity.

Winemaker Blair Walter

Winemaker Blair Walter continues to work his magic with the recent releases from Central Otago’s most famous Estate. There’s not a wine less than excellent in the bunch, but these days it would be more of a story if there was. Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate#191 (OCT/2010)

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