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Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2016

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Craighall, our premium Chardonnay, is from prized blocks of low-yielding Mendoza clone vines.
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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.

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Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2016 - 92 Points Review by Nick Stock |
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. (Posted on 23/11/2017)
Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2016 - 96 Points, 5 Stars Review by Sam Kim, Wine Orbit | August 2017
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 (Posted on 5/10/2017)
Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2016 - 19/20 points Review by Raymond Chan | September 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 (Posted on 5/10/2017)
Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2016 - 96 Points Review by Bob Campbell MW | August 2017
Smooth, creamy-textured chardonnay with white peach and subtle floral, wildflower characters together with hint of ginger, hazelnut and bran biscuit. A wine of subtle power and impressive length. Can be enjoyed now but has a promising future  (Posted on 5/10/2017)

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Technical Data
Harvest Date

28 March - 12 April 2016



Harvest Analysis

Brix 21.0 - 22.5

Bottling Date

July 2017


to 2025

Wine Analysis

Alc    13.0%
TA     5.9 g/l  pH   3.35


Hand-picked fruit was whole bunch pressed, with the unsettled juice fully barrel fermented in Burgundy barriques (24% new) using indigenous yeasts. Partial malolactic. Aged in barrel on lees for 12 months.