－10－Felton Road 2018 Vintage Chardonnay & Pinot NoirFelton Road’s first Pinot Noir vintage in 1997 put the new wine region of Central Otago on the world wine map. From early on, Felton Road focused on the purity of nature, creating a winery that uses gravity flow to reduce the use of pumps in winemaking, and having all vineyards Demeter certified in 2010. Felton Road aims to consistently produce individual, high quality wines highlighting the different terrain and soil in its estate vineyards and blocks.Winemaker Blair Walter began introducing biodynamic viticulture over 15 years ago, and as a result the grapes mature well with a low sugar content, providing a natural flavour balance without the need for early picking.◆ 2018 vintageThe 2018 growing season in Bannockburn, a sub-region in Central Otago that is home to Felton Road, was unseasonably warm in spring from October 2017 to January 2018, with fruit maturing rapidly on the vine.Blair Walter commented, “In years like this, we often get higher yields and a decrease in fruit quality depending on the timing and approach to harvest. However, the grapes have the usual essential elements and flavours, and I am delighted and amazed at how wonderful they are under these conditions.” Harvesting of Pinot Noir started on February 28th and all picking was completed by March 29th, except for Riesling at Elms Vineyard Block 1. Overall, the harvest was 7 to 10 days earlier than usual.ChardonnayRRP ￥6,500Chardonnay Block 6 2018(screw cap)Alc. 13.8%Vineyards: The Elms Vineyard Block 6 (adjacent to Pinot Noir Block 5). Compared to Block 2, it is a steeper slope with gravel mixed with schist; Clone: Mendoza; Planted: 1993. Winemaking: After whole bunch pressing, the juice was transferred by gravi-ty to French oak barrels (no new oak) for natural fermentation with indige-nous yeasts. Aged for 16 months in French oak.Tasting notes: The higher elevation and wind of Block 6 contributed to smaller berries and modest quantities. The palate is broad and powerful, with grapefruit pith avours and distinctive acidity.CODE11273RRP ￥5,600Chardonnay Bannockburn 2018(screw cap)Alc. 13.8%Vineyards: The Elms, Cornish Point Clones: Mendoza, B95, B548, UCD6 Wine-making: After pressing, the juice was transferred by gravity to French oak barrels (mostly well-seasoned) for natural fermentation. Aged on lees for 10 months in French oak.Tasting notes: Rich fruit avours with a fresh and greenish stone fruit core, with hints of smoke and int softened by malolactic fermentation.CODE11214RRP ￥6,500Chardonnay Block 2 2018(screw cap)Alc. 13.9％Vineyards: The Elms Vineyard Block 2 (gentle east facing slope with deep schist soils); Clone: Mendoza; Planted: 1992. Winemaking: After pressing, the juice was transferred by gravity to French oak barrels (no new oak) for natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Aged for 16 months in French oak.Tasting notes: Complex stone fruit and nutty avours are intertwined, a char-acteristic tense structure, and long mineral nish. Shows excellent aging potential over the long term.CODE11272Pinot NoirRRP ￥8,500Pinot Noir Cornish Point 2018(screw cap)Alc. 14.0%Vineyards: A unique location at the conuence of the Clutha and Kawarau rivers (now ooded to form Lake Dunstan) with windblown loess on bands of river gravels. Winemaking: Natural fermentation in a 2-3t open fermen-ters, 25% whole bunch. Aged for 13 months in French oak, 30% new barrels.Tasting notes: Lifted aromas of violet and rose integrate seamlessly with black cherry and complexing earth and dried herb notes. Deep fruit provides a solid core through the mid-palate. Velvet-like tannins coat the mouth for a rich and engaging nish.CODE11217Origin: Central Otago, New ZealandRRP ￥7,200Pinot Noir Bannockburn 2018(screw cap)Alc. 13.7%Vineyards: Four estate vineyards in the Bannockburn sub-region (The Elms, Cornish Point, Calvert, MacMuir); Winemaking: Natural fermentation in 9t large open fermenters, 20% whole bunch. Aged for 13 months in French oak, 27% new barrels.Tasting notes: Aromas of violets, red roses, dark cherries, anise with a hint of smoky oak, layers of avours on the palate with a silken and supple texture.CODE11215RRP ￥8,500Pinot Noir Calvert 2018(screw cap)Alc. 13.7%Vineyards: Calvert Vineyard. Deep heavy silts from an ancient lake bed with a thin layer of loess topsoil. Winemaking: Natural fermentation in 2-3t open fermenters, 25% whole bunch. Aged for 16 months in French oak, 30% new barrels.Tasting notes: A captivating oral, top nose. Sweet fruit opens the palate exposing layers of dark cherry, spice and complex earthy notes. Very struc-tural, the mineral tannins soften in the glass.CODE11277Origin: Central Otago, New ZealandCornish Point VineyardBlock 3Block 5Block 2Block 1Calvert VineyardThe Elms VineyardBlock 6MacMuir VineyardPrices do not include Consumption Tax. RRP= Recommended Retail Price.