Felton Road `Bannockburn` Riesling 2011 (12 x 750mL), Central Otago, NZ.

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While the classic Felton Road florals are here, it is the sweet core of berries that marks the nose with a touch of sandalwood. The palate has serious textural weight, but as always with Calvert, it's carried tautly with the fruit held firmly in its core. Sweet berries and redcurrants rather than cherries or plums. The tannins have a slightly inky rather than chocolate imprint which are framed in dark roses through the finish.

NZ - Central Otago
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Winery Tasting Notes


Spring flowers and citrus blossom on the nose with hints of mandarin.


The palate is an explosion of tangerine and mandarin with notes of apricot, ginger and elderflower. A pristine Riesling balance of sugar and acidity drives the palate, and it finishes surprisingly dry despite the upfront sweetness. A stormer.

Winemaking Note

Riesling grapes from Calvert & Elms vineyards were carefully whole bunch pressed, fermented with indigenous yeasts and the fermentation stopped by chilling when the optimal balance was achieved between the acidity, alcohol and residual sugar (60g/L). Careful winemaking with minimal processing highlights the crisp natural acidity and the Riesling characters are delicately poised in the low alcohol of 9.5%.

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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