Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2019 (750ml)

Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2019 (750ml)

New Zealand
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Taut, vibrant chardonnay with saline, oyster shell, floral, white flowers, citrus-lemon and ginger plus a suggestion of white peach. A hint of alcohol sweetness is perfectly balanced by crisp acidity to give a gently mouth-watering finish. Can be appreciated now but should develop well with bottle age. Bob Campbell MW

While the owner of Felton Road calls this wine its everyday Chardonnay, this would be the height of winemaking sophistication for many NZ producers. Whole-bunch-pressed and wild-fermented in French oak (less than 10% new) before undergoing periodic bâtonnage; there's no fining or filtration here either. The result is an understated and elegant Chardonnay with delicate white stone fruit flavors and a subtle element of oak-derived cashew nuts. Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous

Region: Central Otago, New Zealand

Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay

Critic Rating: Bob Cambell 96 Points, Vinous 90 Points

Suggested Drink Window: 2019 - 2026