Felton Road ‘Block 2′ Central Otago Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 24-Feb-2016
Pale straw colour. The nose is still tightly bound with savoury stonefruits, flint and minerals and nuances of secondary development with subtle vegetal elements. Soft and mellow in presentation on the palate, but with underlying acidity enhancing the stonefruit and minerals. Nuances of flint add detail. Smooth in texture and quite harmonious and even. This has come together well. Drinking on a plateau, and with the restrained fruit freshness, this appears smaller in scale, with moderate concentration, drive and length. 14.0% alc. 18.0/20 Feb 2016 RRP $N/A Mendoza clone from ‘Block 2', WBP and fully barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 17 months in approx. 15% new French oak with batonnage and full MLF. Some light golden hues to straw-yellow, the bouquet features softly ripe and rich, complex aromas of citrus fruits, steel and minerals nuts, and cream. On palate this has a lusciousness with ripe citrus and stonefruits on a creamy-textured palate. Barrel-ferment roundness and an oily flow show along with some alcohol warmth. The oak nuttiness and spiciness comes through as another layer of interest. Good body and depth, but with excellent freshness and acidity. Meursault roundness, but with real tension. 4-6 years ahead. 19.0/20 Sep 2012 RRP $45.00

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