Ata Rangi ‘Craighall’ Martinborough Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 21-Oct-2014
Very pale straw, near colourless. Tight on nose, but the depth, density and concentration is obvious. Ripe stonefruits and citrus fruit and lovely integrated creamy barrel-ferment, with mealy notes and nutty oak. Rich flowing, smooth, layers of citrus fruits, stonefruits, nuts, oak and complexing detail that unfolds from within. Power and strength, but perfectly cut by the acidity, and seamless textures carry the wine to a refined, rich, lingering finish. Complexity and richness plus. This will evolve over 6+ years. 30+ y.o. Mendoza clone, barrel-fermented by wild yeasts to 13.5% alc., 12 months in 25% new oak, and partial MLF. 19.0+/20 Oct 2014 RRP $44.95 Mendoza clone fruit from 30 y.o. vines from the company’s ‘Craighall’ vineyard, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with full solids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques with 40% MLF and some batonnage. Full, bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, lighter on rim. The nose is elegantly presented with a soft, rich amalgam of ripe yellow stonefruits and savoury citrus fruits harmoniously entwined with layers of creamy, nutty barrel-ferment elements and lemon-curd notes from MLF. The aromatics are delicate and detailed. Medium to medium-full bodied, softly packed and dense flavours of rich, ripe yellow stonefruits are smoothly integrated with nutty, mealy barrel complexities and nutty oak spicing. The mouthfeel is creamy and luscious in texture, with ripe acidity lending vibrancy and energy. The palate features a refined, textural line that carries the wine to a very long and sustained, complex detailed finish featuring citrus and mealy nuances. This is a stylish, rich and creamy Chardonnay with a complex array of flavours and fine textures. Serve with poultry, pork and veal over the next 5-6 years. 19.0/20 Aug 2014 RRP $45.00

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