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.
The aroma leads to a bright and lifted combination of red and dark fruits with considerable florals. On the palate, the silky entry of spice and savoury notes expand to pure, deep fruits, braced with acidity, but luscious throughout. This wine is a blend of Felton Road's four vineyards that elegantly expresses the graceful and more subtle side of Pinot Noir from Bannockburn.
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.
The unique gravity flow winery enabled the grapes to
be gently destemmed directly into open-top
fermenters without pumping, retaining 21% as whole
clusters. Traditional fermentation with a moderately
long maceration on skins has extracted good colour
and tannin with considerable depth of flavour. This
wine was aged for 13 months in 22% new French oak
barrels from artisan Burgundian coopers. In
accordance with our non-interventionalist approach
to winemaking, this wine was fermented with
indigenous yeast and was not fined or filtered.