Felton Road Dry Riesling 2020

Riesling wines can range from dry to very sweet, they can be still or sparkling and packed with mouth-watering acidity and lots of fruit flavours, especially green apples, pears, apricots, and citrus fruits. Classic Rieslings can yield aromas of fruit, honeycomb, flint, lanolin, a wax found in sheep’s wool, and even petrol. Riesling wines are usually bottled in tall narrow glass bottles allowing them to be easily identified on the shelf.

Riesling is great paired with a wide variety of food and because of its high acid and natural sugars really good at pairing up with Asian-inspired dishes and can stand up to a fair amount of chilli heat. It is also a natural partner for fish and seafood particularly if accompanied by citrus or wine-flavoured sauces.

Felton Road Dry Riesling 2020

This Felton Road Dry Riesling is a great example of New World-style Riesling wine, from the Central Otago wine district of New Zealand. The vineyard is situated in Bannockburn, on the south bank of the Kawarau River. The warm, dry climate and stony soil aids in the production of complex, wines with classic tropical fruit, apple, and citrus flavours. Felton Road Winery is famous for Pinot Noir, but they also make Chardonnay as well as Riesling wines. All of the wines are produced organically and biodynamically and fermented with natural yeasts. The Riesling is aged on the lees ( a technical term for a mix of dead yeast cells and small impurities in the wine such as leaf, skin and stem fragments ) which adds complexity.

This wine screams mouth-watering acid from the first sip balanced with the sweetness of tropical fruit flavours of mango and pineapple as well as a backbone of minerality and crisp green apple. Citrus, lime, and honey on the nose lead to a pleasing dry finish. A crisp, refreshing full flavour Riesling that would go great with a fresh crab or lobster next time I eat one.

Grape variety                                 Riesling

Country of origin                           New Zealand

Region                                             Central Otago

Vintage                                            2020

Alcohol                                            12%


Felton Road dry riesling is a certified organic and biodynamically produced wine made by wild fermentation and an emphasis on sustainabilty.

Published by Christian Gott - An Island Chef

I am a food and drink writer, chef, one-time publican and restaurant manager, and qualified ASET trainer with over thirty years of experience in hospitality. I now live and work in the Channel Islands with my beautiful family. I’ve worked on six islands and in probably just about every type of business you can imagine, from beachside burger joints to world-famous pizza restaurants and in more than a few really good food pubs, historic country inns, and a former RAC Blue Riband UK Hotel of the Year. I have helped to create a small informal dinning group, been a group executive chef for eighteen diverse bars and eateries, demonstrated at food festivals, and contributed to the Real Food Festival Cookery Book, national and local publications, and podcasts. I am a proud member of the Guild of Food Writers and the British Guild of Beer Writers.

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