Felton Road Dry Riesling 2021

2021

£22.80

Availability: 18 in stock

Please note that this is a PRE-RELEASE, with stock only arriving late November.

As these wines have just been bottled, no current tasting notes are available from the Felton Road team. Once we receive them, they will be updated here accordingly. Please see below tasting notes from previous years:

2020: The nose leads with white florals and crushed stones that overlay aromas of pear, cucumber and lemon zest. The palate is surprisingly expansive as the acidity perfectly integrates with the weight and depth of fruit. A bold and expressive dry Riesling with considerable drive and length. Salivating and contemplative of its schist soils origin.

2019: A lifted and intense bouquet of baking spice, apple and mandarin. The saline infused palate is bright, racy and focused. The Dry style makes a statement: taut and austere but with an enduring palate of crushed rocks and salty, apple notes. Exotic, mineral and powerful; a pure expression of the schist soils of Block 2. The thinking man’s Gin and Tonic!

Why we love it: It’s a Felton Road Riesling, how can we not?
Drink with: Seafood ro fish plator
TECH
Sub-Region
Bannockburn
Vintage
2021
Blend Info.
100% Riesling
Alcohol by Vol.
12%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Serving Temp.
6-10°
Closure
Screwcap
Drink
Now - 2024

WINE PRODUCER

Felton Road’s 20 Vintages

With 20 vintages now under its belt, ‘Felton Road’ has made a name for itself in Central Otago as one of those cult wines everyone wants to get their hands on. A small, artisan producer that has been dazzling the wine world since 1991, ‘Felton Road’ has had everyone falling in love with it from day one.

Where Felton Road Began

The ‘Felton Road winery’ began in 1991 and established itself as something of an institution. Their Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Rieslings are all biodynamic of course. They also have been picking up steam in popularity, quickly gaining a reputation as one of New Zealand’s premium wineries.

Their First Vintage

The first vintage of ‘Felton Road’ was in 1997. Right away attracting international enthusiasm for their ability to show a real sense of place. Their emphasis on natural winemaking in a gravity flow winery being especially applauded. Blair Walter is the man behind the magic owning the title of winemaker. He thinks the esteemed quality and character of the wines has a link to the distinct Central Otago soil and climate. The northerly facing exposure of their vineyards and their contrasting soil profiles give their wines a unique expression of terroir. Or what the team at ‘Felton Road’ like to call (somewhat less pretentiously!) ‘somewhereness’.

Four Felton Road Estate Vineyards

The four ‘Felton Road’ estate vineyards are all located in Bannockburn, a subregion of Central Otago. There are five varieties of Pinot Noir, three Riesling and three Chardonnay, all from different blocks. At Specialist Cellars we are lucky to get an allocation of a section of these. Ones you can’t miss are the Bannockburn Pinot Noir, the Calvert Pinot Noir, Block 3 Pinot Noir and Block 5 Pinot Noir.

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Check out the Felton Road website for more information on the vineyard and their wines.

WINE REGION

Found at the extreme limits of winemaking, Central Otago is found at 44° and 45° south and is home to some of the most southerly vineyards the world has to offer. Boasting breathtaking landscapes and an extreme climate, the local economy has garnered global recognition for its merino wool. However, over the previous decade, the majority of land has been shifted away from pasture, to being under vine. In 1996 Otago only had 11 vineyards, while today the region has a legion over 100 strong. The incredibly balanced styles of wine that flow from the region aren’t something to be missed, with Central Otago being the first in the world to challenge Burgundy’s production of Pinot Noir.

Central Otago’s four primary sub-regions are Wanaka, Gibbston, Bannockburn and Alexandra. While all are situated relatively close together and each has the same stony free-draining soil base, their full profiles vary immensely, but are glacially derived and have rich deposits of mica and schist making it ideal for the production of Pinot Noir, which just happens to be 80% of the production there. The excellent drainage helps retain mineral richness whilst temperatures can vary from 30degrees during ripening days to only 8degrees overnight, this swift shift allows the grape ripening process to stop more suddenly overnight, thus retaining all the wonderful natural acidity and fruit concentration this region can offer, to us this provides Central Otago with an intensely fruit-forward character no other region of New Zealand can replicate. Autumn frosts are a risk here too, so it’s just as well the growers down here have their wits about them…

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