Ata Rangi ‘Petrie’ Wairarapa Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 13-Nov-2012
Clone 15 and clone 6 fruit from 21 y.o. vines on the ‘Petrie' vineyard, East Taratahi, north of Martinborough, hand-picked and WBP, fermented to 13.5% alc. and aged 7 months in French barriques and puncheons, 18% new, the wine on lees, 30% undergoing MLF. Bright straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. This has a finely concentrated and intense nose of ripe citrus fruits with yellow stonefruit and mealy richness, unfolding plenty of mineral and flinty complexities, and beautifully balanced oak nuances. Full-bodied, richly packed and concentrated flavours of ripe citrus and stonefruits fill the mouth, showing layers of mealy, nutty oak, and flinty, reductive detail. Crisp, refreshing acidity is counterpoised by near-creamy barrel-ferment textures and the flavours possess a boldness and presence with energy and tension that carry through to a very long, lingering stylishly restrained finish. This is a richly concentrated, but elegant Chardonnay with raciness and complex detail. Serve with roasted poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. 19.0-/20 Nov 2012 RRP $28.00

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