Mid to deep crimson in colour. Aromas of red berries, a little oak, a bunchie stalky note, spices including nutmeg and a dash of chocolate. Medium plus bodied quite northern Rhone in style more than SA. Not dissimilar to another excellent North Island Syrah as in Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay. Very good, very tasty. From the unlikely destination of Waiheke Island which is in the middle of Auckland Harbour, which is massive in area compared to Sydney Harbour. One would think the rainfall might be a little high for quality viticulture but not so. Also when you think that one of the best new world Chardonnays in Kumeu River is made just to the north of Auckland. — 3 days ago
Delectable - this is the Craighall Vineyard Pinot Noir - not offered in your choices. This wine had a lovely vibrant colour of dark crimson. Aromas of cherry but somewhat latent and still promising much. My experience with Dry River Pinots is that they need at least 10 years and I cannot understand the Drinking Window from the winery as 2019-2022. I have made a note to drink my 2nd one in 2025. This is a big full bodied concentrated Pinot with plenty of Tannin. Only 649 bottles of the Craighall made. The next day still solid, dense and ungiving - without nuance. Needs cellaring time. — 10 days ago
Color of egg white. Nose of plenty of flowering and honey note, tropical fruits like pineapple and mangos, ripe citrus and lemon, some green apple, hint of spice, and indeed very tropical sensation. Taste of nice acid with salty mineral, sweetness from tropical fruits. Once again a nice mix of pineapple, citrus and green apple. Well balanced and refreshing. Aftertaste shows a bit more salty note and a bit zest. Pretty good. — 19 days ago
First, Central Otago is Gods country. Especially, in April. As well, amazing soil structure & climate for Chardonnay & Pinot Noir.
Then, if you like good White Burgundy that is clean, round with good viscosity and acidity for days, this is for you. If you fit that criteria & haven’t had a good Felton Road Chardonnay, you should.
You could put this in anyone’s hand, including some Master Sommeliers blind, they would call Burgundy. I would as well.
Felton Road was the highlight of our 2017 visit to Central Otago. Rippon was a close second. Jo Mills at Rippon has more passion for wine and making them completely biodynamic than anyone I’ve met & we have met a shit-ton of producers around the world.
The nose shows; mashed, sour lemons, lime zest & candy, just ripe pineapple, grapefruit with pith, touch of white stone fruits, butterscotch notes, beautiful chalkiness, some smokiness, saline, grey volcanics, vanillin, just a touch of maple with caramel, soft side of white spice, honey to marmalade quality, graham cracker with white & yellow florals.
The palate/ body is round, medium full, gorgeously sexy with excellent viscosity. Wire to wire steady & brilliant. Mashed, sour lemons, lime zest & candy, just ripe pineapple, grapefruit with pith, touch of white stone fruits, beautiful chalkiness, saline, grey, powdery, volcanics, limestone, vanillin, just a touch of maple with caramel, butterscotch, mint, eucalyptus, touch of fresh herbs, soft side of white spice, honey to marmalade quality, graham cracker with white & yellow florals & jasmine. The acidity is stunning & like a summer shower. The finish is; gentle, elegant, so well knitted & balanced and persistent for days.
Important to decant & let warm to just below room temp. 62-65 degrees.
The perfect pair is Jasper Hill Farms new Harbison Prosecco washed soft white cheese. Creamy on steroids.
Photos of our 2017 visit to Felton Road, the long view front the property, their front gate, outdoor concrete tanks and our property walk & talk with Owner Nigel Greening.
1/15/21 — 5 days ago
It is such a delight to be drinking these wonderful wines and ciders from Long Island that are pushing the envelope forward. And great to “know your farmer” so to speak and get the download on how best to enjoy this wine. Per @Erik Longabardi ‘s suggestion I decanted for 2 hours and paired this with an EVOO/herb roasted spatchcocked chicken, both suggestions were spot on.
Upon opening, the wine presented quite green and pyrazine-heavy, but this integrated beautifully over the course of the decant. I was initially surprised and delighted at the freshness of the fruit profile- red plums, blackberry, red cherry and orange rind. Secondary flavors are here in spades and are the star of the wine in my opinion - black pepper, lavender, violet, bell pepper, and a touch of smoke. Complex and delicious.
Whole clusters and a light touch do wonders to keep things fresh and lively on the palate. Medium bodied, tannins are very restrained for a CS, and acid is elevated. The tiniest bit of VA, which I love. With little experience with wines from LI this almost read more like a good natural cru Beaujolais or Loire Cab Franc. It’s balanced and drinkable, and I’ll certainly be getting some more when it makes its way back to CA this year. — 16 days ago
My first Joshua Cooper wine - had to check out the Young Winemaker of the year for 2020 awarded by Gourmet Wine Traveller magazine. Joshua has recently turned 32. This wine was quite rich and dense and a little closed aromatically - obviously quite young. Ripe plum, rose petals, with a little vegetal matter. - a big future ahead. Joshua has had wide experience with Australian wineries and in Burgundy with Domaine de la Vougeraie and Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron. This wine from the cool climate Macedon Ranges with high profile neighbours like Bindi and Curly Flat. — 19 days ago