New Zealand – Felton Road
One of the world’s finest Pinot Noirs, full stop. Difficult to describe as the mere mention evokes daydreams and love poetry. Directly responsible for more than one person (we know!) quitting their lives to become a winemaker. That kind of place.
This Central Otago icon produces stunning biodynamic wines year after year. With a perfect microclimate and an expressive terroir, these guys really know their stuff. People notice – in 2010 Felton Road was designated a Grand Cru winery of New Zealand, given the title “Tipuraganga Teitei o Aotearoa”. This Grand Cru status, currently only held by two other wineries (including Ata Rangi), recognizes the premier producers of Pinot Noir in New Zealand.
Winemaker Blair Walter is a master of less is more, letting the terroir speak for itself. Gravity flow is the start of a gentle process, avoiding the need to pump fruit. Ferments are spontaneous from the wild or indigenous yeasts that are in their vineyards and winery. Inert gas is shunned. Oak is a subtle companion not a loud guest. The Malo is simply a function of letting the warm spring air into the cellars. Pinots are unfined and unfiltered and challenge the very best the world has to offer. But don’t take our word for it, taste for yourself – we guarantee it won’t be your last bottle.
Other Cool Stuff:
• Research by Stewart Elms (hence the Elm tree logo) identified the north facing slopes at the end of Felton Road as the warmest and most ideal sites in Central for the growing and production of premium wine.
• Biodynamic since 2002, full Demeter certification in 2010.
• 100% Cadus barrels, letting the vineyards, not the oak speak.
• Also make a bit of Felton Fine from the marc of their finest Pinot grapes.
• Winery cat Jancis Robinson is the real boss.