Felton Road – 2019 “An outstanding Vintage” from one of the GREATS of Central Otago
As Blair Walter recovers from the challenging 2020 vintage, which he and a tight team completed under Level 4 Lockdown, he is thrilled to share his excitement about the 2019 vintage releases, which he describes as being of ‘astonishing quality’. Sadly however, yields were up to 25% down!
“The 2019’s are without doubt some of the most thrilling wines we have yet made. Making them, following their evolution through élevage and preparing them for release (racking, bottling, writing tasting notes….), has been a pure delight. It is a vintage, not of an exceptional season, but a result of having every stage of growth perfectly dialed in”. Blair Walter - Felton Road Winemaker
Vintage 2019: Central Otago is an excessively dry region, and the remarkable season which was 2019 brought welcome rains over the spring and early summer. A persistent rhythm of rain events saw Felton Road approach double their long-term average, generating natural moisture to help with vine health and fruit quality. Heat summation for the season was just above normal with healthy green canopies and inter-rows right through to harvest. Maturity arrived rapidly and the Pinot Noir harvest began on March 29, with all the fruit picked within a twelve-day window. The Chardonnay harvest was carried out between March 30th and April 4th. Yields were moderated naturally, and bunches were in perfect health with small, loosely packed berries, dense skins and ripe seeds.
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