Felton Road 'Block 2' Chardonnay 2014 (Central Otago, New Zealand) "...peach, ripe pear, toast..."
Felton Road Wines Ltd, in Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand, has planted some of the world's southernmost vineyards. The expression, "growing on the edge," has real meaning in Central Otago, with the lowest rainfall and lowest temperatures of any agricultural region in New Zealand.
Central Otago is located on the southern end of New Zealand's South Island (latitude 45º south) and shares with Oregon (45º north) similar viticultural challenges: late frosts in Spring, early frost in Autumn, a growing season that may be curtailed overnight. Yet the climates of both are surprisingly similar to Burgundy's Côte d'Or: hot in summer, cold in winter. Central Otago is New Zealand's only wine region with a continental - rather than maritime - climate, which results in greater diurnal and seasonal shifts in temperature.
"Intense, yet restrained and powerful Chardonnay, with layers of toasted nut, wet stone, mineral, wild flowers and a suggestion of brioche. Youthful, almost brooding Chardonnay with plenty of cellaring potential. A stylish and complex wine." - 97 Points, Bob Campbell MW