2012 Felton Road "Block 2" Chardonnay Central Otago (Elsewhere $50+)
Pure, juicy nectarine and white-peach character with hints of clotted cream, crème fraîche, grilled hazelnuts, nougat and lemon myrtle. Rich and mouth-filling stone-fruit characters on the palate, with nougat, crème caramel, roasted nuts and spicy cashew oak. Beautiful, shimmering acidity and a finish that seems to linger for minutes. Drink in 2015.
Supple, elegant Chardonnay with grapefruit, nectarine/stone fruit, wet stone mineral and butterscotch flavours representing the more obvious descriptors. A wine that demonstrates subtle power with its extraordinary length. Very classy Chardonnay.
On the crisp side, with green apple, pineapple and green pear flavors, exhibiting a subtle hazelnut aroma. Drink now. (Web-2014)
Sourced from a single block of 22 year old Mendoza Clone Chardonnay vines within the Elms Vineyard. Winemaker's notes: "Hints of white peach introduce the further complexing notes of almond blossom, flint and cut stone. The palate is less heavy and rich than usual for a Block 2 but this pleasantly provides greater finesse and precision. A very authentic expression that articulates the site with great clarity. Lingering, exacting and quite uplifting on the finish."