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Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2016

Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2016

Product Review (submitted on 5 October 2017):
Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, a little paler on the rim. The nose is softly full and beautifully harmonious in its integration with soft layers of ripe white and yellow stonefruits, complexed by mealy notes and nutty lees, melded with creamy barrel-ferment elements, and subtle flint and mineral detail. Medium-bodied, the palate is stylishly rich with layers of flavour, unfolding white and yellow stonefruits with citrus fruits, entwined with mealy complexities, along with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak, and nuances of flint and minerals. The fruit extract lends a near-unctuous texture with soft concentration and depth.

The wine flows seamlessly along a fine-textured line with light background acidity providing subtle energy and vitality. The wine carries to a very long and sustained finish of stonefruits, nutty oak and mineral hints. This is a beautifully harmonious and layered, complex, concentrated Chardonnay with stonefruits, mealy and creamy notes, flint detail and a fine-textured, smooth, seamless palate. Match with grilled and roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5+ years. 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