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Felton Road Block 1 Riesling

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Felton Road Block 1 Riesling

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Blair Walter understands his vineyards and wines more intimately than anyone I know in Central Otago, and it's rare for him to be lost for words in explaining anything. Yet even he can't account for the unprecedented mineral expression of Block 1 in the pristine 2012 season. This is a riesling at once deeply chalky, mineral and textural, and at the same time taut and refined, with a minerality that resonates with the deep, glacial soils of this unique site. Sweetness and high-tensile acidity have an engaging tussle on the finish, with neither winning out. A clean lemon and lime profile is overlaid with pristine perfume of lemon blossom and a delicately fragrant lift, while a hint of pepper adds another dimension to a finish that never seems to end. The finesse, persistence and sheer purity of this wine rank it among the finest Block 1s of all time.
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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
Grown on a 'steeper slope' which yields 'riper fruit' without noble rot, this Bannockburn, Central Otago wine is made in a style 'similar to a late-harvest, Mosel spatlese', says winemaker Blair Walter. Light lemon/green, the 2009 vintage is deliciously light (9.5 per cent alcohol) and lively, with very incisive lemon/lime flavours, minerally and racy. Approachable now, it should flourish with cellaring.
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Ken Gargett (2006 Vintage) says
Yes, I know we have truckloads of Aussie riesling—how un-Australian to recommend anything else. But I do love this new wave of Kiwi rieslings and I'm scared they'll all be sent to other markets and we'll miss out unless we demand our share. They have quite fearsome acid levels and therefore need serious sweetness to balance them but it is a legit style. And they are usually quite low in alcohol. This just explodes in lemon and spice notes. Whacko!
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
Grown on a 'steeper slope' which yields 'riper fruit' without noble rot, this Bannockburn, Central Otago wine is made in a style 'similar to a late-harvest, Mosel spatlese', says winemaker Blair Walter. The youthful 2003 vintage was still coming together in mid-2004. Light lemon/green, it's a light-bodied (9 per cent alcohol), sweet wine (60 grams/litre of residual sugar) with strong flavours of lemons, apples and limes and appetising acidity. It needs time but shows good intensity; open mid-2005+.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Grown on a 'steeper slope' which yields 'riper fruit' without noble rot, this Bannockburn, Central Otago wine is made in a style 'similar to a late-harvest, Mosel spatlese', says winemaker Blair Walter. Very youthful, the 2002 vintage is a classic aperitif style, delicate and racy, with green apple and lemon aromas, a distinct minerally streak, and searching flavours of lemons and limes, sweet (60 grams/litre of residual sugar) and tangy. It should be very long-lived; open 2005+
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
Recommended by Felton Road for cellaring up to 20 years, the 1999 vintage was grown at Bannockburn, in Central Otago, and stop-fermented at 60 grams/litre of residual sugar. Described by winemaker Blair Walter as 'similar to a Mosel spatlese’, it's a slender (8 per cent alcohol) wine with a slighty honeyish bouquet (yet no Botrytis influence) and beautifully rich, delicate, citrusy, limey, appley flavours threaded with fresh acidity. A very Germanic wine with a long finish, it needs time; open 2002+.
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