Felton Road `Block 2` Chardonnay 2011 (6 x 750mL), Central Otago, NZ.

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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 French oak (only 12% new), was followed by a long and complete malolactic over the spring and summer, with periodic stirring of the lees. After 17 months in barrel the wine was racked to tank for bottling in late -August 2012. The wine was not fined or filtered.

NZ - Central Otago
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

This is a mesmerising vintage for Block 2, promising to rank among the longest lived yet. Monumental complexity of struck flint and bacon fat provides dimension to this energetically vivacious style, drawn out tight by a high-tensile wire of acidity, melding seamlessly with lemon zest, grapefruit, crunchy pear and almost ripe white peach fruit. The finish carries fine-grained, mineral, mouth-embracing texture, outstanding length and honed, seamless line.

Rating 96 - Drink 2016 - 2021 - Tyson Stelzer, Tyson Stelzer.com

Winery Tasting Notes


The nose is fairly taut and nervous this young, with hints of citrus peel and a touch of pineapple in the background.


The palate is somehow both rich and textural but almost entirely mineral. It is almost impossible at present to find the fruit under the layers and layers of flint and stone. But while the wine is infused with tension, it is anything but austere. The use of minimal new oak keeps woodwork well out of the picture. The finish is very long, very pure and again, chiselled from stone.

NZ - Central Otago
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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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