Central Otago

Felton Road – Tasting at Felton Road

2010 Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay

Clean and light on the nose with a gentle blanket of barrel fermented aromas covering elegant stone fruits with soft mineral edges. Round, juicy and fleshy on the palate in a lean style, finding a happy medium between fruit and mineral. There’s firm if airy structure here and gentle, toasty biscuit accents on the back end, adding detail to the sweet apple fruit on the finish. The finish is quite strong here and is zesty and sapid with a touch of cleansing tannin. This is a baby with a bright future. 92pts

2010 Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay

Light, leesy nose offers gentle wood spice along with bright notes of crystalline citrus fruit. Right off the bat this shows fine cut on the palate and a wonderfully pure expression of lime fruit, accented with a touch of peachy sweetness. This remains very fresh with a lovely dry fruit character and aromatic notes of acacia. There’s some dusty limestone on the finish which shows fine length and firm, clear notes of lacy fruit. Recalls crisp white peach, slightly creamy lime pith and a touch of pineapple on the finale. Today I prefer this to the Bannockburn, but it does lack some of that wine’s focus and tension. 93pts