2015 Bannockburn Chardonnay
|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
Very pale. Sweet start with some herbal undertow and real vigour. Lots to chew on. Drinking range: 2017 - 2021 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Mar 2017)
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Dark and brooding, with black licorice, plum and black cherry flavors that are velvety and sophisticated, accented with toasted cumin and paprika accents. Drinking range: 2017 - 2030 Rating: 94-94 MaryAnn Worobiec, The Wine Spectator (Feb 2017)
This continues this producer's stated theme of harnessing flavorsome, enticingly pure chardonnay and placing faith in the fruit purity to get the job done. Plenty of nectarines and peaches with pithy lemons and yellow grapefruit on the nose. Undertones of flinty and stony savory notes. It's all neatly restrained. The palate has a fleshy and intense burst of honeydew melon, white peaches and grapefruit flavors. Juicy and satisfying. Great balance. Drink now to 2020. Drinking range: 2016 - Rating: 93-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Dec 2016)
Felton Road and Rippon are undoubtedly the two leading vineyards in Central Otago, both making Pinots that are finely textured with fresh fruit flavours, rather than the 'fruit bombs' that so many others produce. Felton Road has been totally organic and biodynamic across their three Bannockburn vineyards since 2005. They have been certified by Demeter since 2009. After that there are more differences than similarities.
While Rippon, at Wanaka is on schist, Felton Road in Banockburn is on clay and calcareous loess. It is also very much in the rain shadow of the Main Divide. Irrigation is used at Rippon to help establish young vines, but dry farming is possible once the vines get their roots down, while at Felton Road permanent irrigation is required for the entire vineyard.
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