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2014 Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay

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Cracka Review

Is there a more celebrated winery in Otago? Possibly not. This wine certainly shows why Felton deserves the acclaim - a full flavoured, full of life biodynamic single block Chardonnay that is about as complex as is humanly possible. Top Chardonnay.

Winemaker's Notes

An entrée of zesty citrus, spring blossom, ripe tropicals and nutty undertones on the nose. The bright and linear acidity marries seamlessly to a mineral-rich earthiness on a broad and expansive palate. Uncomplicated by assertive winemaking, the transparency and vineyard expression are allowed centre stage. A powerful Block 2 with typically striking presence and persistence.

Alc/Vol: 14.0%

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2014 Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay

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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
This is a mesmerising vintage for Block 2, promising to rank among the longest lived yet. Monumental complexity of struck flint and bacon fat provides dimension to this energetically vivacious style, drawn out tight by a high-tensile wire of acidity, melding seamlessly with lemon zest, grapefruit, crunchy pear and almost ripe white peach fruit. The finish carries fine-grained, mineral, mouth-embracing texture, outstanding length and honed, seamless line.
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Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
A snowtopped peak in the fields of NZ chardonnay, with breathtaking acidity and fresh lemon and white peach fruit complemented by dramatic lees-derived, charcuterie complexity.
Wine100, November Issue 2011
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
The outstanding 2009 vintage was grown in a 'special part of the Elms Vineyard in front of the winery', which has the oldest vines, in Central Otago. Strikingly rich, it's a real beauty, with tight, intense, citrusy, peachy, slightly buttery flavours, ripe and long. Likely to be long-lived, it's one of the region's finest Chardonnays yet.
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
The 2008 vintage estate-grown at Bannockburn, in Central Otago, was matured for 18 months in French oak casks (12 per cent new). Light lemon/green, it is highly refined, mouthfilling and youthful, with grapefruit-like flavours, slightly nutty and buttery, in a finely poised, very elegant style, likely to be long-lived. Best drinking mid-2010+.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
The 2001 vintage has strong, lemony, buttery characters on the nose and palate, with finely integrated oak and impressive richness. The light yellow/green 2003 is fleshy and ripe-tasting in a full-bodied style with fresh, balanced acidity and very good depth of grapefruit and toast flavours.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Barrel-aged for 18 months, the 2001 vintage of this Bannockburn, Central Otago wine has fragrant, lemony aromas and a youthful, yellow/green hue. Full and fresh, it's an impressively rich wine with strong, citrusy, buttery flavours, subtle, well-integrated oak and acids well under control. Drink now onwards.
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