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Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay 2019

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The flash and flamboyancy that you might expect from one of Otago’s finest

>90 pts Almost desert dry Chardonnay Slight Wood Central Otago Low Tannin Medium Acidity White

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Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay 2019

A top-level Chardonnay from a regional icon that shows salty minerality and citrusy acidity, a fantastic blend of flavours.

The Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay has a white blossom and green melon contrast amongst the other notes of mineral and crushed sea shells. It has a delightful complex nose and a nice balance on the palate with saline elements and salivating acidity. The schist gravel soils and old vines leave an indelible mark in this precise and impressive rendition.

While pinot Noir gets the bulk of the limelight in Central Otago, the region can also pull exceptional Chardonnay wines. The Felton Road Block 2 is one of such example. Its flinty Chardannoy shows inward concentration and citrusy acidity. It has a touch of salty minerality through the palate and a long finish.

With its low elevation (215-228 metres) and even soil distribution, the grapes ripen early and very consistently at Calvert Vineyard. Normally, the fruit ripens earlier than The Elms Vineyard due to its lower elevation, more sunshine (less shading from the western hills), Dijon clones and range of rootstocks. The wines have excellent texture and mouthfeel with floral aromatics and ripe dark fruits. The tannins are fine and focused with a distinct minerality.

13.5%

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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

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.”

 – 91 Points

Additional information

Award Winner

>90 pts

Dryness

Almost desert dry

Grape Type

Chardonnay

Maturation

Slight Wood

Region

Central Otago

Tannin

Low Tannin

Wine Acidity

Medium Acidity

Wine Type

White

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