Winery notes (2021 Vintage)
"Felton Road farms four properties totaling 34 ha in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago. Blocks 2 and 4 are located on gravel fans within the Elms Vineyard with deep soils of angular schist gravels.
Riesling from Block 4 of The Elms vineyard was carefully hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, settled for 3 days before racking, then fermented with indigenous yeasts. The 4 week fermentation was stopped by chilling when the optimal balance was achieved between the acidity, alcohol and residual sugar (64g/L). Careful winemaking with minimal processing highlights the crisp natural acidity and the Riesling characters are delicately poised in the low alcohol of 9.5%.
Near 30-year-old vines offer layers of aromas making it difficult to discern individual components: it’s just un-mistakably Felton Road. Schist, respectful farming and our indigenous yeast all contribute to this highly individual and identifiable style. A burst of sweetness in the middle is reminiscent of a perfectly tree-ripened peach, concluding with a flavour laden crisp finish that never seems to end."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"Estate-grown in The Elms Vineyard, this gently sweet style has deep flavours woven with fresh acidity. It offers more drink-young appeal than its Dry Riesling stablemate, but invites long-term cellaring. Hand-picked and tank-fermented with indigenous yeasts, it is bottled with a high level of residual sugar (56 grams/litre in 2020). Vivacious and finely poised, the 2020 vintage shows notable vigour, delicacy and intensity. Bright, light lemon/green, it has incisive lemon, apple and lime flavours, fresh acidity, and obvious potential; best drinking 2025+."
5 Stars Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, November 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"The 2019 Felton Road Bannockburn Riesling is a delicately luscious riesling that builds a delicious tension between sweetness and mouth-tingling acidity that helps emphasise the wine’s mandarin, wildflower, lime, citrus and chalky-mineral flavours. I’m guilty of buying earlier vintages in quantity to see how they develop but find the wine so irresistible it’s usually gone within a year of purchase. Fortunately, I have friends who also love Felton Road riesling and have more self-control. The wine is capable of ageing for at least a couple of decades with careful cellaring."