Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2020

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  • Winemaker Blair Walter describes the wines of 2019 as ‘astonishing quality’
  • The ‘definitive’ Bannockburn Chardonnay
  • Detailed, precise, long and very satisfying.
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    $64.99
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Editors notes

Winemaker Blair Walter describes the wines of 2019 as ‘astonishing quality’.

Delicate citrus flowers, jasmine followed by hints of peach. A substantial but taut palate, honeysuckle, creamy stone fruit and citrus, mouth-filling and generous, but always with nervous tension, then tightening to a stony and saline finish.

The 2019 Bannockburn Chardonnay, is sourced from various clones (Mendoza, B95, B548, UCD6) harvested from the Cornish Point and The Elms vineyards between March 30th and April 4th. Bunches were in perfect health. Bright and intense fruit flavours with excellent acidity have resulted in the ‘definitive’ Bannockburn Chardonnay: detailed, precise, long and very satisfying.

Felton Road rank among the top 3 New Zealand producers, and in all honesty are usually number 1. In fact, they deserve a spot among the top New World producers, and this was proven when they were given the #12 spot in Wine Spectator Magazine's 2018 Top 100 Wines issue- an incredible achievement.

The reason for the world-class quality of their wines is a mix of their unique 'terroir', but also because they are one of the leading names in sustainable, low intervention and biodynamic viticulture and winemaking.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
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  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
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  • Aroma
    • Apple
    • Lemon
    • Nectarine
  • Palate
    • Apple
    • Cream
    • Peach

Food Pairings

  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Poultry

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Locations

New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.

Central Otago

Central Otago, located at the southernmost point of the world where wine grapes are grown, is a remarkable wine-growing region that spans over 4,000 square kilometers on New Zealand’s South Island. This spectacular landscape is surrounded by rugged mountains, glacial lakes, and wide-open valleys, which have earned the region a reputation as one of the most scenic wine destinations in the world.

The region is centered around the bustling tourist hub of Queenstown, which is an ideal base to explore the many world-class wineries and vineyards that dot the countryside. The unique soils in Central Otago are characterized by heavy mineral deposits in silt loams that are unlike any other region in New Zealand, resulting in wines with distinctive flavor profiles and complex structures.

Central Otago is New Zealand's only "continental" wine-growing region, which means it experiences greater diurnal temperature fluctuations than any other region in the country. These large swings between low and high temperatures create ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir, the flagship red varietal of the region. The long, cool, and dry autumn period also plays a significant role in producing some of the world's best Pinot Noirs, which are known for their fragrant aroma, silky texture, and true fruit intensity.

In addition to Pinot Noir, Central Otago is also renowned for its aromatic whites, particularly Riesling, which can be made in styles ranging from bone-dry to very sweet. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay are also produced to a very high standard, reflecting the region's diverse terroir and the skill of its winemakers.

Central Otago's exceptional wines have earned it a place in Jancis Robinson's top five New World wine-producing regions, cementing its status as one of the most exciting and unique wine destinations in the world. With its awe-inspiring natural beauty, welcoming wineries, and world-class wines, Central Otago is a must-visit destination for any wine lover.

About the brand Felton Road

The Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago, New Zealand is famed for its soil and climatic similarities to France's Burgundy region. It is here that Felton Road winery is perched, producing premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling from three organically and biodynamically managed vineyards, which were Demeter certified in 2010.

Viticulturist Gareth King cultivates pristine fruit in the vineyard, while the same care is taken in the winery. Winemakers Blair Walter and Mike Wolfenden work with a gravity-fed system; a process that avoids the harsh use of pumping and minimizes handling, allowing for the gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannin. Wild and indigenous yeasts are used in the fermentations, sulphur additions are minimal and malolactic fermentation occurs naturally. Oak use is also subtle, in order to avoid muting the fruit. The Pinot Noirs are unfined and unfiltered while the Chardonnay winemaking is moving in the same direction. The single vineyard and single block wines are made to showcase each one's individual terroir.

Felton Road are recognized as one of New Zealand's finest Pinot Noir producers.

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