Felton Road

The 2020’s are, we think, definitive examples: detailed, expressive and finely structured. While it was the coolest season that we had seen in quite a number of years, the intensity of the viticulture and the less extractive winemaking has resulted in very elegant yet profound wines. In earlier times, cooler vintages tended to result in wines that became too dense and extracted. But I feel we have triumphed over 2020 (in more ways than one!). One fascinating feature of a cooler vintage for us is that the alcohols are all at 14.0%, compared to the more normal 13.5% we have been seeing in recent years. You would expect the cooler vintages to be lower in alcohol than the warmer ones but, paradoxically, it’s the extra hang time that is required for sufficient flavour and tannin ripeness that produces the sugar and resulting alcohol increases.

We were delighted to feature for the fifth consecutive time in the Drinks International “World’s Most Admired Wine Brands” list. We were taken by surprise when we first appeared on this list amongst such established greats as Vega Sicilia, Château Petrus and Guigal, but to have become an established member and, at Number 14, the top ranked New Zealand producer (with only three French wineries ahead of us!) is nothing short of remarkable for our small winery. The fact that the voting is by an academy of 200 of our peers in the wine world makes it all the more humbling.

2021 marks 30 years since Stewart founded Felton Road back in 1991. This, along with our recently completed 25thvintage, gives us a great reason to celebrate.

Blair Walter (Felton Road Winemaker)

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