Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2017

Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2017

 

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Ata Rangi
Craighall Chardonnay 2017
  • Vintage : 2017
  • Country : New Zealand
  • Region : Martinborough
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style Creamy Full Bodied White
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Chardonnay

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 91 2017
JR Jancis Robinson 16.5 2014
JS James Suckling 92 2012
More information on wine critics and ratings

Hand-picked fruit was whole bunch pressed in a Willmes membrane press. Unsettled juice was fully barrel-fermented in Burgundy barriques, of which 25% was new oak, using indigenous yeasts. Fermentation took place between 15-20°C.

The lees were stirred during this time in all barrels and partial malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine was aged in barrel on the lees for 9 months before bottling.

Tasting notes: aromas of rose and rose-hip, with a touch of spice and roasted fennel. Freshly baked old fashioned apple pie notes, with a creamy and mealy character, and wonderful balance on the palate.

Ata Rangi is owned and run by Clive Paton and his wife Phyll, together with Clive’s sister Alison and winemaker Helen Masters. Clive planted the bare, stony home paddock at the edge of Martinborough in 1980 and, in doing so, was one of a handful of people who pioneered grape growing in the area. Ata Rangi’s first vineyard covered less than five hectares of thin, well-drained alluvial soil. They are now according to UK winewriter Tim Atkin, "widely regarded as New… Read more

Robert Parker (RP) : 91 Points (2017)
The 2017 Craighall Chardonnay looks to be considerably crisper and more tightly structured than the rather plush 2016 version I drank the night before while dining at the Martinborough Hotel. Notes of toasted grain frame bright citrusy fruit in this medium-bodied wine, which shows ample length and focus on the finish.

Jancis Robinson (JR) : 16.5 Points (2014)
Delicious mealy/oak aroma with plenty of spice on the palate. Elegant thanks to the backgrounding of the oak in favour of the fine pear and melon fruit. Long and fresh on the finish. (JH)

James Suckling (JS) : 92 Points (2012)
Well-defined white-peach and juicy nectarine characters on show here with a citrus splash and hints of fresh cream, cashew nuts, cinnamon and spice. Plenty to like on the palate with citrus fruits taking the front foot, while the acidity ramps up at the wine's conclusion with a lemon-sherbet blast. Drink now.

Ata Rangi Célèbre 2013
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JR
88
RP
92
Aromas and flavours run the gamut from plum, blackberry and dark chocolate to hints of liquorice, star-anise and black olive. The wine is tight, yet succulent and juicy. The Merlot and…
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Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018
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Ata Rangi
Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018
JS
96
BC
96
RP
93
Dark cherry, dark chocolate, damson plum, and a heady potpourri of rose petal, vanilla and spice aromas lift from the glass, flow across the palate and on through to the long finish of this…
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Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
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RP
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Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2017 Reviewed by Robert Parker 21-02-2023 . Score: 4.5