Ata Rangi ‘Craighall’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 04-Jul-2011
Mendoza clone Chardonnay from the ‘Craighall' vineyard hand-picked and whole bunch pressed, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., and aged 9 months in 25% new French oak barriques, 40% of the wine undergoing MLF. Full, even straw-yellow with golden hues to the colour, this has a very full, rich and concentrated bouquet packed with ripe citrus fruit and stonefruit aromas, along with a creamy, spicy malolactic and barrel-ferment amalgam. Layers of nuanced nutty notes unfold in the glass. A rich, concentrated and densely constructed wine, the depth and layers of flavour are the features. Ripe stonefruits, mealiness, nuts and spices merge with seamlessness. Excellent acid freshness is juxtaposed with decadent creamy textures, providing finesse to the impressive presence of the wine. And a long, flavoursome finish highlights the quality here. Serve with rich seafood, pork and veal dishes over the next 4-6 years. 19.5-/20 Jul 2011 RRP $38.00

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