Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2018

Very Burgundian in style with good mineral quality and great ageing potential. The new oak influence is very subtle and contributes most obviously to the structure and complexity of this wine without masking the fruit. Organic, biodynamic, Felton Road estate is a slave to meticulous winemaking and the quality of the wines has established it as the country’s most prestigious estate.
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
New Zealand
Sub Region:
Rich, rounded and full flavoured
Drinking Window:
Drink now through to 2028
Closure Type:
Screw Cap
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Felton Road

Owner, Nigel Greening along with Winemaker Blair Walters and viticulturist Gareth King have established Felton Road into one of the world’s iconic producers of Pinot Noir. Writer James Suckling goes as far as describing Felton Road as the “DRC of New Zealand”. Beginning with meticulous site selection and vineyard design which started in 1991, Felton Road's story is one of refusal to compromise. A strict 100% estate policy with fully organic and biodynamic viticulture (demeter certified) ensures that fruit arrives at the winery as pure as it can be, while the entire estate comes as close to true sustainability as is possible. A commitment to hands off winemaking: gravity flow, wild yeasts, wild malo, an avoidance of fining and filtration all help preserve the wine's expression of its terroir. The result is Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which accurately express the authenticity and complexity of these unique vineyards.

Tasting Notes

An inviting and complex nose of almond and apricot kernel with our distinctive white florals. It’s less citrus focussed than normal, expressing more in the stonefruit spectrum due to the warmer 2018 growing season. Winemaking is minimalist: not fined or filtered, allowing for greater expression of place over process. The various vineyard components of this Bannockburn bottling contribute to a palate that is textural, nutty and very long.

Food Matches

A fabulous accompaniment to poultry, pork, rich shellfish and white fish.