Based on the single vineyard philosophy of winemaking, Craggy Range was the first in the Southern Hemisphere to specialise in the production of single vineyard wines from the most prestigious winegrowing regions across New Zealand including Martinborough, Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough.
The cool yet sunny environment of our Te Awanga Vineyard near Cape Kidnappers allows the development of intense Chardonnay flavours in the grapes, captured using traditional winemaking techniques seen in the Chablis region of France.
Smoky, almost gravelly, reductive elements add both complexity and tautness to this strictly controlled chardonnay. Steely stonefruit flavours run through the palate with just the slightest hints of both sage and buttered toast. It’s a good wine. Not especially generous and certainly not flamboyant, but controlled and textural and with just enough fruit power. Tasted: Feb 2017; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $32; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2017-2019; Rating: 91 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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