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.
Aromas of lychee and bright tropical fruit abound on the nose supported with ginger and cardamom. The palate leads with a mouth coating sweetness that’s immediately tempered by luxurious fruit and a vibrant acidity. A classically balanced wine of sweet fruit journeying to a well-proportioned mouth-watering freshness. The crisp and zesty finish offers a surprisingly drying sensation.
The 2015 Bannockburn Riesling has a reticent nose at this youthful stage with subtle notes of lemon juice, fresh limes, honeysuckle and orange blossom with a touch of chalk dust. Medium-dry with tight-knit honeyed citrus flavors and wonderful freshness, it finishes with mineral nuances.