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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

There are few white wine grape varietals as famous or widely appreciated as the Chardonnay, and with good reason. This highly flexible and adaptable grape quickly became a favorite of wineries due to its fairly neutral character. This neutrality allows the wineries to really show off what they are capable of doing, by allowing features of their terroir or aging process to come forward in the bottle. As well as this, most high quality wineries which produce Chardonnay wines take great efforts to induce what is known as malolactic fermentation, which is the conversion of tart malic acids in the grapes to creamy, buttery lactic acids associated with fine Chardonnay. Whilst the popularity of Chardonnay wines has fluctuated quite a considerable amount over the past few decades, it seems the grape varietal allows enough experimentation and versatility for it always to make a successful comeback.

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

New Zealand is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse countries in the world, and the wines which are produced there are a fine representation of this diversity and overall quality. With beautifully long and warm summers, a brisk oceanic climate and mile upon mile of gently sloping mountainsides, the vineyards which have sprung up there over the past century have brought about truly fantastic results, with wine now contributing a considerable amount to the economy of the country. In recent years, New Zealand wines have won some of the most prestigious awards available in the wine world, with most of the lauded wineries coming from the Auckland region, where there has been considerable effort to replicate the finest wines of the Bordeaux region of France. The Bordeaux grape varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec) all flourish in the mineral rich soil of the region, and the results have been outstanding, marking New Zealand a strong contender for finest New World wine country.