At the extreme end of Felton Road, tucked right into the crook of Long Gully and tracing the foothills of the mountains to the river, is our Felton Terraces Vineyard.
Felton Terraces is divided over three blocks named after a local Māori family legend. Years ago, young Māori warrior Kolo was bathing with his mother Kofuia and baby sister Maia down at the river’s edge, when they were attacked by the giant Bourokai or Haast Eagle. Kolo bravely fought off the assault, saving Maia from being carried away.
These vineyard blocks are planted 87% with pinot noir with small amounts of riesling and pinot gris over 21 hectares. Despite being only about 8 minutes drive from the winery and Cairnmuir Rd homeblock, this vineyard can develop different fruit flavour and structure due to being on opposite sides of the crescent shape of Bannockburn. Felton Terraces receives gentle morning sun and is more protected from hot late afternoon sun as it sets behind the mountains. Pinot Noir here can show lighter more red-fruited character when compared to Cairnmuir Road and the tannin structure more linear, the acids drawn taut. Barrels of Pinot Noir from Felton Terraces are assessed each year to contribute complexity to our Akarua Pinot Noir. For a taste of the unique terroir of Kolo vineyard, grab a bottle of Kolo Pinot Noir, only available through our Cellar Doors.