Ata Rangi ‘Craighall’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 13-Nov-2012
Mendoza clone Chardonnay from vines planted in 1983 in the ‘Craighall' vineyard, hand-picked, WBP, and fully barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months on lees in 25% new French oak barriques. Bright, even straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale edged. The bouquet is reserved and shy, but exudes presence, with brooding and intensely concentrated aromas of citrus fruits, a complex mealy, nutty, fruit and oak amalgam. Nuts and toast elements add detail and interest. Full-bodied, subtly unfolding layers of ripe citrus fruits, nuts, toast and mealy, creamy flavours emerge from a densely packed core. The palate has power and depth and clear potential to reveal much more. Creamy and rich textures from the barrel-ferment are cut by lacy acidity, and the flavours build to blossom on a full, long, ethereal finish with a complex interaction of mealy fruit, nuts and flint. This is a youthfully reserved Chardonnay with great presence and complex flavours that will develop over the next 5-7 years. Akin to a Chassagne-Montrachet. Serve with roasted and grilled seafood, poultry and pork. 19.0-/20 Nov 2012 RRP $38.00

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