Riesling from Calvert & The Elms vineyards was carefully hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts. The fermentation was stopped by chilling when the optimal balance was achieved between the acidity, alcohol and residual sugar (56g/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
- New Zealand
Reasonably concentrated and moderately sweet riesling with fine, juicy acidity adding exquisite tension and energy. In addition to the cahlky mineral character it has lime and rose petal/orange blossom flavours. Rating 95 - Gourmet Traveller Wine (JUNE/JULY 2014)
This label represents more than two-thirds of Felton’s riesling production and 2013 is a particularly generous edition. Layers of white peach, mandarin peel and ginger presence are streamlined by pretty lemon blossom aromatics and hints of fennel and granny smith apple. Beautifully fine acidity and mineral structure are intricately balanced by well-gauged sweetness (56g/L). Rating 94 - Drink 2014 - 2018 - Tyson Stelzer, tysonstelzer.com
Trademark apricot notes but a sweeter style. The persistent fruit gives a finish as long as Felton Road's dry version, but broader - like a glass of apricot patisserie. Rating 17.5/20 (91/100) - Drink 2014 - 2016 Decanter Magazine (APR/2014)
Felton Road Bannockburn Central Otago Riesling Estate-grown on mature vines, this is a gently sweet wine with deep flavours cut with fresh acidity. It offers more drink-young appeal than its Dry Riesling stablemate, but invites long-term cellaring. Tank-fermented mostly with indigenous yeasts, it is bottled with 20 to 60 grams per litre of residual sugar. The 2013 vintage (5 Star), grown in The Elms and Calvert vineyards, is a 'Mosel' style, according to winemaker Blair Walter.
Light-bodied (8.5 per cent alcohol), it has lovely intensity and vigour, with rich, citrusy, limey flavours, a hint of sherbet, plentiful sweetness (55 grams/litre of residual sugar) and a tight, lasting finish. It should blossom for a decade. Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide 2014
Winery Tasting Notes
Inviting aromas of citrus, spice and mineral.
A diverse range of sweet tropical fruits dominate the mid-palate which is engaging and comforting. The initial burst of sweetness is quickly and seamlessly
integrated by the racy acidity provided by our unique climate. This contributes to the wine’s considerable length and intrigue with the residual sugar (56 g/L) being hardly noticeable amongst the delicate framework (9.5% alc).