Valley Mills Vineyards

Felton Road

Block 2 Central Otago Chardonnay 2015

David T
9.4

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
— 4 months ago

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Great note
David T

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@Severn Goodwin Thank you my friend. Cheers! 🥂

Calera Wine Company

Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005

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— 10 months ago

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Calera Wine Company

Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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Les Grands Climats Domaine de la Chapelle Pouilly-Fuissé Chardonnay 2002

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Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2012

Earthy aromas with ripe plum notes - a very Otago nose albeit in the lighter spectrum. Same notes transfer to the medium bodied sappy palate. Not as full bodied as I was expecting. Quite Burgundian in weight and texture. Made by the equally earthy Nick Mills, owner and winemaker who made his presentation at Pinot NZ 2018 in Wellington in bare feet. Rippon is biodynamic and chemical free. I subsequently had a nice chat with him - a genuine bloke. Must be one of the prettiest vineyard scenes anywhere in the world sloping up from Lake Wanaka. Whilst this is classed as Central Otago this is not as full bodied as the Bannockburn/Felton Road district. — 8 months ago

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David T

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Such a beautiful property, great wines and what passion from Jo and the crew for making biodynamic wines.

Mills Reef

Pinot Gris 2018

Loved this - not too sweet — a year ago

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Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
Tickled Pink
Produced and bottled by Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
Spring Mills, PA 16875
www.sevenmountainswinecellars.com

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— 3 years ago