Chardonnay Bannockburn 2017


Chardonnay Bannockburn

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
Product code
6 x 750ml
Listing type
New Zealand
Regulated designation
Table wine
South Island
Central Otago
Winery's website

About this winery

Felton Road is an astonishing overnight success story. In just over 20 years Felton Road has become the global benchmark for New World pinot noir and has played a massive role in making Central Otago a new buzzword in the world of wine. Felton Road winemaker Blair Walter is an exceptional character, blessed equally with intellectual brilliance and extreme modesty. He is a captivating and insightful speaker, with the special ability to articulate complex ideas in such a way that they are made to...

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Notes about product

Felton Road farms four properties totaling 32 ha in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago. Meticulous summer management of a single vertical shoot positioned (VSP) canopy ensures even and early fruit maturity. Shoot thinning, shoot positioning, leaf plucking, bunch thinning and harvest are all carried out by hand to ensure optimum quality fruit. Cover crops are planted between rows to assist in vine balance and to improve soil health and general biodiversity.

Winemaking notes

Various clones of Chardonnay (Mendoza, B95, B548, UCD6) were carefully hand harvested from Cornish Point and The Elms vineyards. The grapes were whole bunch pressed with the juice immediately flowing to barrel by gravity with no settling. Fermentation in French oak (mostly well-seasoned barrels) with indigenous yeasts has produced a wine with considerable complexity. A long and complete indigenous malolactic fermentation with only periodic stirring of the lees (Batonnage) combined with 12 months on full lees; has softened the acid for a rich and complex mouthfeel. This wine was fermented with indigenous yeast and was not fined or filtered.

Tasting notes

Intense aromas of white peach, hazelnut and freshly baked bread. The palate is initially opulent and mouth-filling but rapidly brought into fine focus with a spine of citrus and a hint of flint. Subtle, powerful yet intricate, with characteristic bright acidity giving a juicy finish and considerable length.

*Revues de presse*


- 94 points -

September 2018

This is immediately impressive on entry with its bright, juicy nectarine and honeydew melon flavours being allowed to shine, without the distraction of oak - just 5% new barrels here. Indigenous fermentation has been the go-to for Felton Chardonnays for the past 12 years; there's full solids fermentation and complete malolactic conversion. The wines are left on gross lees for 11 months before being racked. While there's plenty of succulence, the acidity keeps this wine streamlined and constantly moving forward, with a distinctive salty edge on the long finish that’s very appetizing. 

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James Suckling

- 93 points -

October 2018

Another quality Felton Road chardonnay, this has a very rich and concentrated core of ripe white and yellow peaches with ripe bananas and some spicy, bready depth. Smoothly fleshy and concentrated. 

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