Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay 2012
Hints of white peach introduce the further complexing notes of almond blossom, flint and cut stone. The palate is less heavy and rich than usual for a Block 2 but this pleasantly provides greater finesse and precision. A very authentic expression that articulates the site with great clarity. Lingering, exacting and quite uplifting on the finish.
This outstanding wine is grown in a ‘special part of the Elms Vineyard in front of the winery’, which has the oldest vines. In a vertical tasting of the 2007–2011 vintages, held in September 2012, the older wines were still drinking superbly – the 2007 (* * * * * 5 Stars) is terrific now, with a real sense of drive and depth. The 2012 vintage (* * * * * 5 Stars) was barrel-matured for 17 months, with a minor new oak influence, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Bright, light lemon/green, it is very youthful and highly complex, with balanced acidity and a strong surge of rich, ripe, peachy, slightly spicy and nutty flavours. Best drinking 2015+ Michael Cooper (NZ)
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