Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2019
Opulent, beautifully crafted organic Chardonnay from one of Central Otago’s benchmark producers.
The Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay has an aroma of delicate citrus flowers, jasmine and a hint of peach. A substantial but taut palate with honeysuckle, creamy stone fruit and citrusy flavours. It is mouth-filling and generous, and it tightens to a stony and saline finish. It is detailed, precise and has a very long and satisfying finish.
Forged from the biodynamic vines on the Cornish Point and The Elms vineyards, this powerful, voluptuous Chardonnay shows all the flash and flamboyancy that you might expect from one of Otago’s finest.
It’s not about oak (less than 10% of the oak in this wine was new), it’s all about the fruit power.
Various clones of Chardonnay (Mendoza, B95, B548, UCD6) were carefully hand-harvested from Cornish Point and The Elms. The grapes were whole bunch pressed with the juice flowing to barrel by gravity after overnight settling. Wild ferments for both primary and malolactic are employed by the winemaking team, no fining or filtration, just flat-out delicious Chardonnay that has had the volume turned up to ten!
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 96 Points
Taut, vibrant chardonnay with saline, oyster shell, floral, white flowers, citrus-lemon and ginger plus a suggestion of white peach. A hint of alcohol sweetness is perfectly balanced by crisp acidity to give a gently mouth-watering finish. Can be appreciated now but should develop well with bottle age.
While the owner of Felton Road calls this wine its everyday Chardonnay, this would be the height of winemaking sophistication for many NZ producers. Whole-bunch-pressed and wild-fermented in French oak (less than 10% new) before undergoing periodic bâtonnage; there’s no fining or filtration here either. The result is an understated and elegant Chardonnay with delicate white stone fruit flavors and a subtle element of oak-derived cashew nuts.
– 90 Points