Region - Central Otago, New Zealand

This Central Otago staple enjoys something of a cult status and hardly needs an introducti­on. Known for Pinot Noir, Felton Road also produces an impressive Chardonnay. Winemaker Blair Walter manages to extract a veritable regional expression with his farm to bottle style winemaking. Certified organic and biodynamic fruit is whole bunch pressed and fermented with indigenous yeast, with long natural malolactic fermentati­on. The wines rest on lees for nine months in French oak barrels, mostly seasoned, developing body and texture and bottled without fining or filtration. The nose is a bouquet of ripe peaches, hazelnuts, and spice; the palate carries the same fruit, with a whisper of citrus while the acid balances the ripened fruit. Drink chilled to enjoy the mouth-watering freshness. $82, Monopole www.monopole.com.sg

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