|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
A tinge of green in the colour here, very refined, a hint of wild herbs, of thyme perhaps, with a light earthy note. The palate has beautifully honed fruit, just a creaminess and subtle almonds oak, with sweet pear and spiced pear compote, with a long, fine finish Rating: 92 Tom Cannavan, www.wine-pages.com (May 2020)
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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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