New Felton Road and Barale Nebbiolo Offerings

by Simon Evans | Jul 28, 2017

New Felton Road and Barale Barolo

This week we’re thrilled to offer you some delicious wines from opposite sides of the world. The wines of Felton Road in the stunning Central Otago region of New Zealand seldom disappoint and these 2016s are no different. Just released this week, there’s luscious Pinot Noir, textural Chardonnay and surprisingly tasty and beautifully balanced Riesling. These are some of the best wines from the land of the long white cloud and seriously worth a look.
From the old world we have the new releases from Barale Fratelli with multiple wines coming from the highly rated 2013 vintage. Whether you prefer Barolo, Barbaresco or great value Langhe Nebbiolo the Barale wines won’t let you down. The 2013 Barale Barolo DOCG was extremely well received at last night’s tasting and hence sold out but we’ve been able to secure some more from the importer. If you can find a better value Barolo at $80 please let us know as we’ll buy that too! Some of the Crus are extremely limited so orders will be processed on a first come first served basis.

We also have the very in demand 2015 Luke Lambert Yarra Valley Nebbiolo and the ever powerful Torbreck RunRig Shiraz/Viognier from 2014 available from last nights tasting for order too. Both of these showed extremely well last night so we thought it best we offer these to everyone to join in on the fun.

All wines below are available for order now at special offer prices for 7 days only and can be ordered by returning the attached order form, by email, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or by or calling us on 03 9419 6990.

Felton Road (Central Otago, NZ)

Among the New World producers featured in this year’s list, Felton Road may be the one punching most above its weight. The New Zealand firm produces just 12,000 cases a year and its high ranking on its debut in the Most Admired list is perhaps the biggest surprise of this year’s poll It certainly was to owner Nigel Greening, who says: “Some might see us as more of an anti-brand. This is a winery that has a zero- growth policy and has held it for more than a decade. Its labels have never seen a design company, its bottles are the thinnest glass we can find. It has never had a marketing budget and it rarely puts its prices up.” Felton Road procures only Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling out of the Bannockburn region of Central Otago, with no plans for other varieties or to increase production. All its wines are released on allocation, with importers frequently requesting more.
-The Worlds Most Admired Wine brands 2017 (Drinks International)

2016 Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir $120
(Normal Retail Price $135)

A deep, meaty nose of dark fruit, complexing hints of humus and dark rose. The palate is surprisingly more opulent than the colour might suggest. A rich entry of wild bramble that leads to an enticing chalkiness. Riding along the bottom of the palate is a seam of impressive richness: chocolate; mocha; dense with a chewy, herbal complexity. Sophisticated, sensual and unmistakably Block 3.
- Felton Road


2016 Felton Rd Cornish Point Pinot Noir $75 
(Normal Retail Price $85)

A clear, deep red hue. The wine leads with attractive florals that are exotically perfumed with distinct old-fashioned rose and violets. An uncrowded palate showing opulent, rich deep fruits but balanced rather than the usual Cornish Point avalanche. Lovely mocha, velvety and seductive tannins that lusciously coat the palate. Very textural and complete with outstanding length.
- Felton Road


2016 Felton Rd Bannockburn Pinot Noir $65
(Normal Retail Price $69)

The immediate potpourri of flowers on the nose is gracefully entwined with subtle minerality. The palate begins precise and playful, showing sandalwood and fine spice notes. A surprising breadth that the tight focus doesn't immediately reveal. Balanced and complete: possessing lovely charm, harmony and a persistent finale. Irresistible in its youth but further complexities will no doubt emerge.
- Felton Road


2016 Bannockburn Chardonnay $47 
(Normal Retail Price $52)

Aromas of citrus blossom, crushed stones, white peach and elderflower. The palate is almost completely filled with the characteristic salty minerality. Delicate and fine, not heavy nor complicated with wood or winemaking, it carries a lovely transparency and finesse. There’s no shortage of flavour here, but it is ethereal - it dances on the palate, then finishes with great purity and length.
- Felton Road


2016 Felton Road Bannockburn Riesling $32 
(Normal Retail Price $35)

Felton Road Bannockburn Riesling 2016 is another brilliant wine that is closer to Block 1 than the price differential suggests. It carries a similar level of residual sugar and develops similar tension with a backbone of taut acidity. A serious Riesling at an affordable price.
- Bob Campbell, MW (96 Points)

2016 Felton Road Mixed 6 Pack $400
(Normal Retail Price $462)

A selection of the new release Felton Road wines including:

1 Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir
1 Cornish Point Pinot Noir
2 Bannockburn Pinot Noir
2 Bannockburn Chardonnay 

Barale Fratelli (Piedmont, Italy)

The Azienda Agricola Barale traces its roots all the way back to 1870 when Barolo wine had just appeared on the scene in the Langhe, promoted by the Marchesi Falletti and Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour. Francesco Barale, great-grandfather of the current owner, was among the pioneers in the production of this blessed wine. Today Sergio Barale and daughters Eleonora and Gloria carry on the centuries old family tradition.

2015 Langhe Nebbiolo $48 
(Normal Retail Price $55)

Bright ruby red but gaining garnet highlights with ageing. The bouquet is intense and full bodied, with red fruits notes; floral hints of rose, violet and wisteria. Dry, robust, fairly tannic when young.
- Barale


2013 Barbaresco Serraboella DOCG $89 
(Normal Retail Price $99)

Nebbiolo planted 1969 on (homogenous) calcareous soil in Serraboella cru of Neive comune. South facing at 350m. Really beautiful again. If you’ve tried the previous releases, your impression/memory is about right. Lovely unforced, yet persistent juicy, flowers and red berries fruit. Everyone has said fragrant – the hallmark of all these wines. Many also remarked on the purity of these and their life and vitality. A real lift and zip to exit.
- David Ridge


2013 Barolo DOCG $85 
(Normal Retail Price $95)

Parcels of Barolo comune crus, Monrobiolo, Coste di Rose & Preda (all owned) of various ages to 50 years. Tending to silt/sand and up to 350m with either sth-east or sth-west aspect. A producer's Barolo normale or base ought to be good. This is again, exactly what you’re thinking. The three crus, each sitting just above Bussia, do combine in a wine with Barolo & some Monforte  personalities. Mainly ‘red’ in orientation, this is fresh, really fleshy, pure and again wonderfully light on its feet.
- David Ridge


2012 Barale Barolo Cannubi DOCG $179 
(Normal Retail Price $199)

Everyone who’s made their way up to Barolo village on the lower road (via Alba) almost opposite the small park and football pitch, will have seen Barale’s historic little piece of the great Cannubi cru. On either side and just behind, are the Cannubi plots of Chiarlo, Cascina Adelaide and Brezza. But it’s Barale who are in the parish records here for title to Cannubi from about the late 16th century. I’m prepared that such heritage might bias (my) perceptions of this, except that the vineyard was almost entirely replanted in 2007, and anticipation (or prior knowledge) of this might somewhat dampen expectations. So this was my party trick. All tasters recently were dazzled by this. It got more than a couple of “wows” from experienced tasters. None of them back-tracked when reminded this is the result of 5 year-old vines. No one. Whereas the (also livewire and fragrant) 2011 was all about red fruits/flowers, this is considerably darker in style, with riper almost raisin or mulberry notes, a bit like 2006 or particularly 2007. Years of joy in this wine – and possibly greatness. Please don’t miss it.
- David Ridge


2013 Barolo Castellero DOCG $125 
(Normal Retail Price $139)

11 parcels of the cru totalling about 5 ha (more than half of Castellero) and dating from replanting in 1970. On calcareous marl, all facing south-west at around 350m. Barale are not quite sure how long they have owned a chunk of Castellero; but it dates back well before their entry into Barolo production from 1870. Castellero is a paradox, but it's gaining attention. It's difficult early, nervy and wound as tightly as any Serralunga or Neive, but able to age and breath out to fabulous, albeit disciplined, glories. A wonderful, radiant Barolo, mainly showing (Castiglione-like) cranberry, but with roses too. Intensely fragrant, this captivated all tasters over the last week. Then a remarkable palate, with an almost fierce cut or attack, takes over. Flavours go and go. When it opens a lovely sappy note develops. A window to why ‘we’ (us Barolo nuts) keep winning over the Burgundy types. This has all the fascination and quality of a Corton Grand Cru.
- David Ridge


2013 Barolo Bussia DOCG $195 
(Normal Retail Price $215)

The third of the trio of big guns also has its champions, who’d nominate this as the best of these. This 1.5 ha piece of Bussia Soprana at the northern tip, and adjoining the Bussia Soprana estate and Francesco Clerico’s plot, has shown me enough evidence from 10 or so vintages I’ve tried from ’99 on, that it makes age-worthy wines the equal of anything else in greater Bussia. A completely different wine from the two above, and unmistakably Monforte with the tell-tale notes of menthol, porcini, cherry liqueur, blueberry and that gorgeous violets overlay. If Castellero (and Cannubi) have 3-5 obvious aromatics, however intense, Bussia is more complex then, as the characters mentioned above are just the first line. The palate is expansive and different in shape and of course with those gripping, more powdery Monforte tannins.
- David Ridge

2015 Luke Lambert Yarra Valley Nebbiolo $58
(Normal Retail Price $65)

Luke says 2015 was just about perfect for him, with regards to Nebbiolo, and he picked riper and later, as the acids were holding on well. This is the first release to be raised in one of Luke’s impressively big foudres.

Rose oil, cherry, raspberry and grape jelly, spice, fennel seed and bay leaf. Medium bodied, juicy and up-front as at now, with fine acidity, plenty of supple brick dust tannin, and a redcurrant sauce and scented finish of fine length. Needs time. It demands a decant now, to shake off some of the youthful jellied fruit, but the structure and flesh here is excellent. Tasting it 24 hours later confirms it: it’s now longer, more cohesive and less playful. Excellent.
-Gary Walsh , The WineFront (94+ Points)

2014 Torbreck The RunRig $240
(Normal Retail Price $255)

The RunRig has often drawn comparison with the beautifully fragrant & tautly structured wines produced from the steep slopes of the Northern Rhône Valley’s Appellation of Côte Rôtie.

The 2014 vintage benefitted from a cooler period in mid-February, resulting in longer ripening periods and relatively low yields providing fruit with good concentration and depth.

Intense, lifted aromatics are released as soon as the wine is opened; dense cherry plum and hints of lavender all come to the fore with an underlying opulent fruit profile of black olive, cassis and plum. A silky palate with deep red cherry fruits, clove & licorice all interwoven with hints of sweet spice and cinnamon. The layers and diverse fruit characters continue to evolve in the glass with anise, hints of earth, blackberry and pepper all becoming more persistent in the finish. A silky, aromatic RunRig 2014 will certainly reward those with patience
- Torbreck

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