Ata Rangi ‘Craighall’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 26-Jan-2012
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, the nose is tightly bound, but shows intense aromas of yellow stonefruits, mealy, nutty, nougat and hints of toast and bacon-like oak that develops in volume in the glass. Dry and initially a little shy, the palate has concentrated ripe stonefruit flavours with mealy, nutty layers and oak toast harmoniously interwoven. The textures are smooth, seamless and fine, and with bright acidity, the wine has energy and drive. The finish is very long, with some alcohol warmth and nutty oak showing. Mendoza clone fruit from vines nearly 30 y.o. from the ‘Craighall' vineyard on the Martinborough Terrace, hand-picked and WBP, fully barrel-fermented by indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., and aged in 25% new French oak barriques, with 40% MLF. This is an elegant and graceful, but concentrated Chardonnay with layers of interest that unfold with breathing. Match with grilled seafood and roasted poultry or pork over the next 4-5 years. 18.5/20 Jan 2012 RRP $38.00

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