2014 Felton Road "Block 2" Chardonnay Central Otago (Previously $45.00)

SKU #1231152 97 points Bob Campbell

 Intense, yet restrained and powerful Chardonnay, with layers of toasted nut, wet stone, mineral, wild flowers and a suggestion of brioche. Youthful, almost brooding Chardonnay with plenty of cellaring potential. A stylish and complex wine.

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Block 2 Chardonnay has fresh peach, honeyed pear and grapefruit notes with hints of struck flint, baker's yeast and marzipan. Very elegant and refined in the mouth, the light to medium-bodied palate has a lovely satiny texture and tight-knit citrus and savory flavors, finishing long and minerally. (91+)

K&L Notes

A legendary single block Chardonnay from one of NZ's most revered wineries. A very focused, linear style with plenty of power and minerality. A must try for those explorig the world of fine Chardonnay. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/2/2016 | Send Email
Sourced from the Elmes Vineyard of the Felton Road Estate, this Chardonnay is balanced and vibrant. Pineapples, green apples and blossoms. The length is long and giving. These are quite age worthy as well, so grab one for now and a few more to watch transform for the next 5-12 years.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
One of NZ's finest Chardonnays. Immaculate detail and precision from the schist soils. Long, linear, with power and drive. Orchard fruits, fresh citrus peel, toasted hazelnut and savory pie crust. Incredibly persistent flavors and energy on the palate. A true classic - unmistakable Felton Blk 2 style. You may wonder why I list a $40 Chard as TOP Value...well compared to Grand Cru White Burgundy (its equivalent contemporaries) it's a huge bargain.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2026

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
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