Felton Road is situated on warm, north facing slopes of glacial loess soils in Bannockburn, in the heart of Central Otago. The modern gravity fed winery receives 100% estate grown fruit from its three vineyards that are all farmed biodynamically and are fully certified by Demeter. Minimal intervention in the winemaking with such practices as wild yeast, no fining or filtration, allow the unique vineyard characters to further express their considerable personality.
Since the first vintage in 1997, Felton Road has acquired a formidable worldwide reputation.
Winery waste is, probably more than any other substance, lees. Lees are a mixture of sediments left over from winemaking, and consist mainly of dead yeast and tartaric and malic acid. It isn’t particularly hostile stuff, but acids are a problem in any waste system, so winery waste management systems are designed to deal with this mixture. It takes a lot of money to build a waste management system and a lot of energy to run it so, in a perfect world, we’d do without one. But is it possible to do that? We have demonstrated that it is. Our… Continue reading →
At the Elms vineyard we have about 30 hectares of hill country. It is too steep and gnarly for vines and for many years we left it as scrubland but, like a lot of land around us, it is covered in Sweet Briar. This wild rose was introduced originally for rose hips (for vitamin C) but just as gorse or broom will take over hillsides in other areas, the roses will do it in Bannockburn. The idea of burning them off, or using helicopters and herbicide (the two norms locally) was not acceptable: we needed a more imaginative approach. The… Continue reading →
There are many reasons to turn to sustainability: to address environmental concerns, to address health concerns, to protect a large investment in land, to meet consumer demand, to foster good PR, etc., etc. But one reason that is unique to wine seems to be rarely discussed. It is what we call the Hi-Fi principle. Wine has the unique ability to taste of a place. If one is fortunate enough to have a vineyard that shows this magical ability: to have a unique expression, different from any other vineyard and consistent from vintage to vintage, then that is surely worth protecting.… Continue reading →