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 pretty nose of wild strawberry and flowers, with hints of chervil or fennel; a lovely harmony of the scents of early summer. Textural and rich, the palate follows with a complexity that is a big step up from expectations. Dry, but rewarding rather than austere and completely clean on a long and pure finish. A very pale salmon colour with fascinating food matching possibilities
Ideal with Charcuterie and cold meats or delightful as an aperitif.