2013 Felton Road Riesling Bannockburn Central Otago

SKU #1225437 95 points Bob Campbell

 Reasonably concentrated and moderately sweet Riesling with fine, juicy acidity adding exquisite tension and energy. In addition to the wine’s trademark chalky mineral character it has lime/citrus and rose petal/orange blossom flavours. Deliciously approachable now the wine will develop well with bottle age.  (2/2014)

93 points James Suckling

 This is so floral, lifted and fresh, with fragrant lime-blossom, lime-juice and green-apple fruit. The palate's lively and expansive with white peach and crunchy crisp apple, and a white-nectarine-sorbet finish. Drink now.  (10/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Ripe and smooth, with bright and pure pear, apricot and peach flavors, presenting succulent acidity, medium body and a very spicy finish. (MW, Web-2014)

K&L Notes

Felton Road is located in Central Otago, New Zealand, the most southerly wine growing region in the world. The vineyards are surrounded by mountains, many of which are snow capped year round. This climate provides hot days, cool nights and long dry autumns: perfect for fine Pinot Noir and Riesling.

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Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/3/2017 | Send Email
Each time I grab a bottle of Riesling to drink at home, there's a 75 percent chance it's going to be from New Zealand. I love so many things about the wines from this region, especially the Rieslings! This is beautifully made, refreshingly bright, with just the right amount of zippy acidity. Hints of flowers, apple, and pear on the nose and seriously crisp, maybe tart, apple deliciousness on the palate. There's some nice sweetness here, but it's not over the top or unreasonable. And what a price! I'm taking this home tonight!

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2016 | Send Email
Sweet granny smith apples, great acid structure, off-dry to perfection. 'Nough said... Try this with anything light and spicy, you will not regret it.

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.

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.