Monday, August 31, 2020

Felton Road Chardonnay

 Some of the leading wineries in Australia and New Zealand do not seem to care much about the appeal of their label; think Penfolds or Felton Road. I guess they do not have to. Today, I will review the 2018 Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay. Here is a bottle shot. It may be the last Felton Road one.

Felton Road is mainly known for its Pinot Noir, but it produces fine Chardonnay as well. This wine is still very tightly wound. It is precise. There are many modern aspects to this wine: Biodynamic viticulture, whole-bunch pressed, indigenous yeast, no fining, no filtration, used oak only.

Citrus and grapefruit flavours are balanced by creamy notes from the malolactic fermentation. The wine is energetic, with mineral notes towards the finish. Schisty soils define Block 2. Everything is right here, just missing the x factor at this stage for an exceptional score.

Score: 94/+++


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