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.
A real intensity to the perfume of rose and violets, and a potpourri of spice. The palate dances and while it certainly has power and weight, it is light on its feet and feels effortless. Vibrant raspberry, hints of crushed herbs, silky, but with a continuous seam of polished sinew supplying the muscle that keeps it aloft. The frame reveals itself in the finish and hints that the wine will cellar for the long haul and reward such patience fully. But when it is this seductive, it’s hard to see much chance of a lot of it surviving that long!
The supple richness of New Zealand Pinot Noir complements a range of savoury dishes. Try it alongside game birds such as quail, turkey, and duck, with a fillet of New Zealand salmon, or equally with pork, veal, lamb or venison.
Drinks International: No.9 - The World's Most Admired Wine Brands 2018.