History and Background
Nestled in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago, Felton Road is a pioneering winery that has played a pivotal role in establishing Central Otago's reputation as a world-class wine-producing region. Founded in the 1990s, the estate quickly gained recognition for its exceptional Pinot Noir wines. Under the guidance of Nigel Greening, who took over in 2000, Felton Road has embraced biodynamic farming practices, further enhancing the quality and distinctiveness of its wines.
Vineyards and Terroir
Felton Road's vineyards are uniquely positioned in the Bannockburn area, benefiting from the region's continental climate and diverse soils:
Soil Composition: The vineyards are characterized by their free-draining loess soils over schist, providing both warmth and minerality that are reflected in the wines.
Grape Varieties: While Felton Road is best known for its Pinot Noir, the estate also produces acclaimed Chardonnay and Riesling wines.
Wine Style and Production
Felton Road is celebrated for producing wines that are:
- Elegantly structured, with a pronounced minerality and depth, reflecting the unique terroir of Bannockburn.
- Crafted with a hands-off approach, emphasizing natural fermentation and minimal intervention, resulting in wines that are both authentic and of the highest quality.
The winemaking philosophy at Felton Road revolves around biodynamic practices, ensuring that the vines are in harmony with their environment and expressing the true character of the terroir.
Felton Road's wines, particularly its Pinot Noirs, have garnered international acclaim for their elegance, complexity, and true representation of Central Otago terroir. The estate's commitment to biodynamic farming and its deep connection to its land have solidified its position as a benchmark producer in New Zealand.
Felton Road stands as a testament to the potential of Central Otago's unique terroir. Through meticulous biodynamic farming, a deep understanding of the region's distinct characteristics, and a commitment to producing wines of the highest quality, the estate has carved out a reputation for producing some of New Zealand's most compelling and sought-after wines. For those looking to experience the pinnacle of Central Otago wine, Felton Road offers an unparalleled expression of depth, elegance, and authenticity.