2019 Block 2 Chardonnay
|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
Rich peach and lemon-curd aromas here, with strong fruit focus, some oak spice and light nougat notes. The palate has a composed, softly fleshy and gently creamy feel with banana and vanilla-laced pear flavors. Super composed. Drink now. Screw cap. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2021)
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If you're looking for an easygoing, approachable-in-youth Chardonnay, you're in the wrong place. Drink Felton's Bannockburn and Block 6 while you're waiting for this cuvée to reach its peak. The reason is that it has a steely rod of acidity, which provides tension from start to finish. The wild fermentation in barrel imbues a mellow, nutty character to the upright, citrus and red apple fruit. There's excellent depth here and long length. Drinking range: 2022 - 2027 Rating: 94 Rebecca Gibb MW - Vinous.com (Nov 2020)
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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