2017 Block 6 Chardonnay
|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
The 2017 Block 6 Chardonnay has a vibrant bouquet, maybe a little richer than the 2016, with scents of dried honey, orange zest and yellow flowers. The palate is packed full of flavour, including satsuma and hints of pineapple, and not quite as edgy as the previous vintage towards the finish, but displaying impressive amplitude and persistence. It will be difficult to resist in its youth, but my feeling is that the 2016 might get better in bottle. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Nov 2018)
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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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