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Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay

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Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay

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Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
An outstanding season for Ata Rangi’s premium chardonnay, a wine that builds slowly and evenly into a long, poised finish of mineral texture matched to the subtlety of its fruit, yet upholding a depth and confidence of its own. An enticing bouquet of white flower perfume, lemon juice and pristine white peach introduces an impeccably poised palate of vibrant energy, delicacy, seamless line and persistence. The acid profile is electrically charged and impeccably married to its fruit.
Wine Taste Special Edition 93 2012
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Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
Sourced from old Mendoza vines, this flagship chardonnay from Ata Rangi shows plenty of savoury complexity and layered fruits on the nose and palate. There s peach nougat and a nutty thread here, some sweet melon fruit and a lithe, juicy and pleasantly grippy, tangy finish.
Good Wine Guide 2013
92
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The flagship chardonnay from Ata Rangi, this is sourced from old Mendoza vines, so expect a powerful wine. The nose has a mix of savoury nuts and nougat across grilled white-peach and nectarine fruits; some creamed honey too. Plenty of acid holds the richness in check right throughout the palate; peach and nougat repeated faithfully here. Long, toasty finish. Impressive.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Benchmark Martinborough Chardonnay from one of the region's longstanding vineyards. Soft, restrained and refined vanilla pod, fig, peach and white nectarine flavours are knit together by fine, lingering minerality on a creamy but streamlined finish.
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
An extremely impressive Martinborough wine, since 1994 (and especially since the succulent, seamless 1996) it has scaled great heights, with notable weight, richness, complexity and dowight drinkability. Made from a company-owned block of low-yielding, Mendoza clone vines in the Craighall vineyard, it is hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fully fermented in French oak barriques (20 to 25 per cent new). In a vertical tasting of the 1991 to 1998 vintages, held in late 1998, each vintage looked better than its predecessor The 1999 is rich and refined, with a beautiful harmony of intense, citrusy, peachy fruit characters, eiched by buttery, toasty oak. Fresh, immaculate, concentrated and classy, it's slightly less lush and soft than the '98, reflecting the cooler season, and may need a bit longer to show its best, but it's all there for great drinking from 2002 onwards.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; the bouquet is rich and full, with complex barrel-ferment/malolactic-ferment influences on honey and peach fruit. The palate is full and complex, reflecting the entire range of winemaker inputs, and is well balanced despite its 14 degrees alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
92
Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
An extremely impressive Martinborough wine, since 1994 (and especially since the succulent, seamless 1996) it has scaled great heights, with notable weight, richness, complexity and dowight drinkability. Made from a company-owned block of low-yielding, Mendoza clone vines in the Craighall vineyard, it is hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fully fermented in French oak barriques (20 to 25 percent new). In a vertical tasting of the 1991 to 1998 vintages, held in November 1998, each vintage looked better than its predecessor. The 1997 is a weighty wine with a lovely depth of rich, peachy, nutty, butterscotch-like flavour, finely balanced acid and power right through the palate. The 1998 is a commanding wine with highly concentrated, ripe, stone-fruit flavours, mealy and oaky characters adding complexity, a delicious creaminess of texture and rich finish; open 2001.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
An extremely impressive Martinborough wine, since 1994 (and especially since the succulent, seamless 1996) it has scaled great heights, with notable weight, richness, complexity and dowight drinkability. Made from a company-owned block of low-yielding, Mendoza clone vines in the Craighall vineyard, it is hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fully fermented in French oak barriques (20 to 25 percent new). In a vertical tasting of the 1991 to 1998 vintages, held in November 1998, each vintage looked better than its predecessor. The 1997 is a weighty wine with a lovely depth of rich, peachy, nutty, butterscotch-like flavour, finely balanced acid and power right through the palate. The 1998 is a commanding wine with highly concentrated, ripe, stone-fruit flavours, mealy and oaky characters adding complexity, a delicious creaminess of texture and rich finish; open 2001.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full yellow-green; a rich toasty oaky bouquet leads logically into an extremely rich and complex wine on the palate, with pronounced malolactic fermentation influences, and even more new oak -just a little too much for my taste.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
85
Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
An extremely impressive Martinborough wine, since 1994 (and especially since the succulent, seamless 1996) it has scaled great heights, with notable weight, richness, complexity and dowight drinkability. Made from a company-owned block of low-yielding, Mendoza clone vines in the Craighall vineyard, it is hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fully fermented in French oak barriques (20 to 25 percent new). In a vertical tasting of the 1991 to 1998 vintages, held in November 1998, each vintage looked better than its predecessor. The 1997 is a weighty wine with a lovely depth of rich, peachy, nutty, butterscotch-like flavour, finely balanced acid and power right through the palate. The 1998 is a commanding wine with highly concentrated, ripe, stone-fruit flavours, mealy and oaky characters adding complexity, a delicious creaminess of texture and rich finish; open 2001.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
An extremely impressive Martinborough wine, since 1994 (and especially since the succulent, seamless 1996) it has scaled great heights, with notable weight, richness, complexity and dowight drinkability. Made from a company-owned block of low-yielding, Mendoza clone vines in the Craighall vineyard, it is hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fully fermented in French oak barriques (20 to 25 percent new). In a vertical tasting of the 1991 to 1998 vintages, held in November 1998, each vintage looked better than its predecessor. The 1997 is a weighty wine with a lovely depth of rich, peachy, nutty, butterscotch-like flavour, finely balanced acid and power right through the palate. The 1998 is a commanding wine with highly concentrated, ripe, stone-fruit flavours, mealy and oaky characters adding complexity, a delicious creaminess of texture and rich finish; open 2001.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1993 Vintage) says
An extremely impressive Martinborough wine, since 1994 (and especially since the succulent, seamless 1996) it has scaled great heights, with notable weight, richness, complexity and dowight drinkability. Made from a company-owned block of low-yielding, Mendoza clone vines in the Craighall vineyard, it is hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fully fermented in French oak barriques (20 to 25 percent new). In a vertical tasting of the 1991 to 1998 vintages, held in November 1998, each vintage looked better than its predecessor. The 1997 is a weighty wine with a lovely depth of rich, peachy, nutty, butterscotch-like flavour, finely balanced acid and power right through the palate. The 1998 is a commanding wine with highly concentrated, ripe, stone-fruit flavours, mealy and oaky characters adding complexity, a delicious creaminess of texture and rich finish; open 2001.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
An extremely impressive Martinborough wine, since 1994 (and especially since the succulent, seamless 1996) it has scaled great heights, with notable weight, richness, complexity and dowight drinkability. Made from a company-owned block of low-yielding, Mendoza clone vines in the Craighall vineyard, it is hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fully fermented in French oak barriques (20 to 25 percent new). In a vertical tasting of the 1991 to 1998 vintages, held in November 1998, each vintage looked better than its predecessor. The 1997 is a weighty wine with a lovely depth of rich, peachy, nutty, butterscotch-like flavour, finely balanced acid and power right through the palate. The 1998 is a commanding wine with highly concentrated, ripe, stone-fruit flavours, mealy and oaky characters adding complexity, a delicious creaminess of texture and rich finish; open 2001.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
An extremely impressive Martinborough wine, since 1994 (and especially since the succulent, seamless 1996) it has scaled great heights, with notable weight, richness, complexity and dowight drinkability. Made from a company-owned block of low-yielding, Mendoza clone vines in the Craighall vineyard, it is hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and fully fermented in French oak barriques (20 to 25 percent new). In a vertical tasting of the 1991 to 1998 vintages, held in November 1998, each vintage looked better than its predecessor. The 1997 is a weighty wine with a lovely depth of rich, peachy, nutty, butterscotch-like flavour, finely balanced acid and power right through the palate. The 1998 is a commanding wine with highly concentrated, ripe, stone-fruit flavours, mealy and oaky characters adding complexity, a delicious creaminess of texture and rich finish; open 2001.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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