Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay 2018
Crushed sea shells and delicate citrus blossom...salinity and minerality that is subtle, complex and intriguing.
Felton Road's Chardonnay Block 2 2018 vintage is a complex and minerally Chardonnay, redolent of a fine white Burgundy.
Grapes for the 2018 Block 2 emanate from high altitude vineyards on a steep north-facing site within the premium Elms Vineyard. Juice was gravity fed to barrel in the estate's underground cellar, and spent 17 months in French oak. The wine was not fined or filtered.
Felton Road is situated on warm, north-facing slopes of Bannockburn in Central Otago; a modern gravity fed winery which crafts high quality single varietal wines from 100% estate grown fruit from its three vineyards that are all farmed biodynamically (fully certified by Demeter) under winemaker Blair Walter and English-born owner Nigel Greening. Felton Road employs minimal intervention in the winemaking to allow the unique vineyard characters to shine through. Felton Road has a prestigious worldwide reputation.
"Tangy, concentrated chardonnay with wet stone, mineral, lime, grapefruit, citrus, white flower and subtle nutty flavours. Rather tight and slightly closed at this stage with assertive acidity but with great potential. Impressive wine; richly-textured and with a lengthy finish." Bob Campbell MW
Crushed sea shells and delicate citrus blossom lead the focussed and detailed nose. The palate follows with a salinity and minerality that is subtle, complex and intriguing. Devoid of any overt winemaking characters, the wine offers a transparency that allows its unique vineyard origin of schist gravel soils to really shine and take centre stage. Refined and poised with serious precision.