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Friday, February 26, 2010

Felton Road Winery - Central Otago New Zealand

Felton Road’s winery is in a nouveau-rustic corrugated iron barn-style building, looking north over the vineyards. Two blocks of vineyards are at either end of Bannockburn. Felton leases local Calvert Vineyard, which also is entirely planted in Pinot. Launched in 1997, Felton road has achieved prominence as another one of Central Otago’s star producers. Their wines are highly rated by influential US magazine, Wine Spectator. Winemaker, Blair Walter uses only French oak barrels and has a philosophy of minimal gravity-feed handling methods.

The wines:

2009 Dry Riesling $NZ26.00
Crisp and mineral with stone fruit flavours.

2009 Riesling $NZ26.00
With 53 grams/litre of residual sugar, the palate is sweet and rich, balanced by crisp acidity.

2008 Chardonnay $NZ32.00
Crisp, with apple and grapefruit flavours.

2008 Pinot Noir $NZ46.00
My pick - full bodied in the typical Central Otago way. Silky texture, and flavours of black berry fruits, earthy spice and cherry.

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