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 — 8 days ago
Velvety without being dry. — 9 days ago
This is one of the best pours of white I’ve had in the last 18 months. Really there are only 2-3 wines in that period that compete and they were 3x+ the price. The only quip is the high alcohol—it’s apparent at first sniff (but doesn’t impact the palate or loooong finish) — 8 days ago
Cherries and some spice on the nose.
very gentle on the palate, cherries,
Some dirt, bright acidity, but in check.
An interesting East coast Pinot. — 21 hours ago
Outstanding. This is young. Austere and well balanced. — 14 days ago
Snappy raspberry apple mineral treat — 12 days ago
Lovely oaked chardonnay enjoyed with Thai chicken stir fry — 4 days ago
Molto buono con il gusto leggere. Questo pino nero e’ il nostro preferito certamente. — 2 months ago
We both enjoyed it. Drank it by itself. Very mild taste — 16 days ago