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Felton Road Chardonnay Bannockburn 2013 750ml
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Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2013

Central Otago - New Zealand

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Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Chardonnay has pretty white blossom notes – orange and peach blossoms – over a core of grapefruit, white peaches and baking bread with a hint of marzipan. Medium bodied and still very tight in the mouth, it has great tension lifting the citrus and stone fruit flavors, finishing long and creamy.
Rated 90 by Stephen Tanzer
(14% alcohol): Bright peach and apricot aromas are lifted by lime and stone. Concentrated, pliant and smooth, offering a lovely restrained sweetness to its flavors of stone fruits, lime and spices. Very suave but not yet showy, with a firm-edged finish calling for a year or two of patience.
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Varietal: Chardonnay

For most people, the Chardonnay grape varietal is one of the quintessential white wine grapes. It isn't difficult to understand why; Chardonnay may well have started off in regions of France (where it is still used widely today in both single variety white wines as well as sparkling Champagne wines) but it is now grown in every wine producing country in the world. Indeed, it was the New World that took Chardonnay to some exciting new extremes – this relatively neutral grape has the fantastic ability to carry much of its terroir in the bottle, resulting in a fascinating range of flavors and styles. Furthermore, Chardonnay is one of the few white wine grapes which is well suited to aging, as can be seen in some of the excellent produce consistently coming out of Burgundy, and elsewhere in the world. With everything from buttery, creamy characteristics to vibrant tropical fruit notes, Chardonnay will never cease to surprise and impress.

Region: Central Otago

New Zealand is a fascinating wine country, with a history which began no more than two hundred years ago with the arrival of European settlers. Of all New Zealand wine regions, perhaps the most interesting and alluring is that of Central Otago, the world's most southerly wine region, situated at forty five degrees south of the equator. Shielded by mountains, Central Otago enjoys a very favourable micro climate, which protects the vineyards from the harsh, oceanic features noticed nearer the coast. Alongside this, the region enjoys highly fertile volcanic soils, which produce strong, healthy and juicy grapes, packed full of the features of their terroir. By far and away, the most common grape varietal of Central Otago is the Pinot Noir, which makes up for over seventy percent of the vines grown in the region, and has been the primary grape in almost all of the region's most loved and critically acclaimed wines.

Country: New Zealand

As with nearby Australia, New Zealand has over the past century proven itself to be a superb location for producing high quality wines in vast amounts, with much of the cooler regions of both islands being used primarily for vine cultivation. New Zealand wineries are notable for their enthusiasm in regards to experimentation, and for utilizing modern technologies and methods to make the most of the imported grape varietals which flourish in the rich, fertile soils and oceanic climate. In recent years, it has been the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines which have gained the most attention, as a result of their smoky character and ability to carry the mineral rich nature of the terroir they grow in. Changing consumer interests have brought about a considerable rise in the production of organic and sustainable wines in New Zealand, of which again, the Sauvignon Blanc varietals are leading the way in regards to excellence, flavor and overall character.