ATA RANGI CRAIGHALL CHARDONNAY 2016

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This highly regarded Chardonnay is produced predominantly from low-yielding, 'hen & chicken' berried Mendoza clone vines planted at Craighall Vineyard over 25 years ago. Indigenous yeasts that hang about the vineyard and winery all year round, magically transform the juice through a relatively slow onset of fermentation, resulting in a very textural, multi-faceted wine.
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"Craighall, our premium Chardonnay, is from prized blocks of low-yielding Mendoza clone vines. The oldest, now over 30 years of age, are situated directly opposite the Ata Rangi home block in the heart of the deep, free-draining gravels that make up the Martinborough Terrace. Add in low annual rainfall and typically strong Wairarapa winds and the result is a high percentage of tiny berries, giving wine of serious concentration and drive with tight, bright acidity. The 2016 bears all the hallmarks of classic Craighall on the nose - stone fruit, almond biscotti and lime zest. On the palate, it is rich on entry with a supple and enticing mid structure, before flowing into a long and lingering mineral finish. Fully barrel fermented with wild indigenous yeasts, this exceptional release has excellent cellaring potential."
5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, September 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Smooth, creamy-textured chardonnay with white peach and subtle floral, wildflower characters together with a hint of ginger, hazelnut and bran biscuit. A wine of subtle power and impressive length. Can be enjoyed now but has a promising future. Drink 2017 - 2024."
5 Stars & 19.0+/20 Raymond Chan, October 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"Bright pale straw-yellow colour. The nose is softly full with complex layers of ripe citrus fruit and stonefruits, creamy barrel-ferment, mealy notes and sweet oak. This is beautifully aromatic, showing lovely finesse. Rich and fulsome on the palate, and quite accessible, the flavours are soft and harmoniously interwoven, but deeply rich. Stonefruits, citrus fruits, mealy notes, and creamy, nutty oak. It is all there, but there is fresh acid cut. The textures are soft allowing immediate approachability, and there is strength and underlying power. Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Craighall’ vineyard, the oldest vines over 30 y.o., hand-picked, WBP and fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 24% new French oak barriques, undergoing partial MLF."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"This memorable wine has notable richness, complexity and downright drinkability. From a company-owned block of low-yielding Mendoza-clone vines in the Craighall Vineyard, planted in 1983, it is hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (typically 25 per cent new). Bright, light lemon/green, the 2016 vintage is an elegant, very youthful and tightly structured wine. Weighty and generous, it has ripe grapefruit and peach flavours, gently seasoned with toasty oak, excellent depth, delicacy and complexity, fine acidity and a very long finish. Still a baby, it should flourish with cellaring; open 2019 onwards."
5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"An exquisitely styled chardonnay, the elegant bouquet shows white stone fruit, lemon pith, almond and subtle flinty characters. The palate is refined, focused and concentrated, and exhibits layers of fine texture and delicate fruit intensity, brilliantly supported by seamlessly integrated acidity. Captivating, impeccably composed and most pleasing. At its best: 2018 to 2026."
92/100 Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com (2016 Vintage)
"An attractive, fresh and concentrated chardonnay in the peach, pear and grapefruit zone. The palate has zesty freshness with some smooth pastry and honey to close. Drink now. November 2017."


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