2017 Felton Road
The anticipated new vintage from Central Otago’s Grand Cru
I almost feel like Felton Road should need no introduction by now. If two decades of excellence isn’t enough to convince you to try these wines, what more can I say?
-Joe Czerwinski, March 2018, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
#9 Drinks International “The World’s Most Admired Brands”
There is a reason Felton Road has a cult following. They make limited amounts of wine from vineyards located in the most southerly wine growing region on the planet. Cover crops grow high between the rows, biodynamic preps are applied in the early hours of the morning, and harvesting is so meticulous that no sorting table is needed. Pure juice is gravity fed into custom tanks and fermented without added yeast. The vines are getting older, the wines are getting better and there are zero plans to grow production.
This is the 21st vintage from Felton Road, and from Blair Walter. Reflecting on this, Blair says that the oldest vines are now 25 years old and everything is ‘feeling a lot more grown up.’
Blair is thrilled with the small, but intriguing 2017 release. In his words “a cooler ripening period, small berries and naturally low yields have resulted in some very profound wines. Our increased attention to precision and elegance means that the wines’ concentration does not result in the big and broody wines we might have made a decade ago. The depth of fruit is supported by a purity and a well-defined frame-work which leads us to consider them amongst our very best.”
The 2017 wines are of amazing quality and have already been attracting some very high praise: see the included recent scores from Wine Spectator.
These are always some of our most anticipated wines that shine in their youth and develop incredible complexity for those with the patience to cellar. Send in your orders quickly to avoid disappointment.