2011 Craggy Range Chardonnay Les Beaux Cailloux


  • New Zealand
  • North Island
  • Hawke's Bay
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Community Tasting Notes 9

  • PT insurgent wrote:

    May 2, 2017 - Nose is very spicy, oak, vanilla. Some ripe stone fruits, creamy peach, but feels primarily oak influenced. Palate is broad and ripe, lots of flavor, ripe citrus, ripe peach, apricot, toast, cream, yogurt, leesy, nutty, hazel nut.
    Very good but very generically done, could be from anywhere, lacks distinction.

  • ThomasE Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 27, 2017 - Yellow, Aromas, of lemon, stonefruit, butterscotch, hint of florality. Generous palate, rich fruit, almonds, biscuit, mealyness, silky creamy texture. Well proportioned Chardonnay. With food, the acidity and mineral aspects came to the fore. Beautiful long finish. Outstanding, with plenty of life left.

  • ronnieroots wrote: 91 points

    September 11, 2016 - Aromas of ripe lemon, some stonefruit, cream and toasty oak, accompanied on the palate by an array of savoury flavours:licorice, white pepper and roasted almonds. This seems to be at a sweet spot now.

  • rossandersonnz Likes this wine: 95 points

    November 12, 2015 - rich lemon, nut and restrained oak flavours with a creamy, silky texture with a beautifully balanced acid backbone. actually tasted quite steely when matched with a rich, buttery sauce. long finish. beautiful, perfectly proportioned wine. very classy.

  • G_Talbot Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 6, 2015 - Pronounced nose of lemon, peaches and savory oak. Developing.
    Medium (-) acid, medium alcohol, medium (+) intensity, medium (+) body, lemon, peach, cream, some savory oak driven notes, with even some tannin evident. Perhaps a tiny bit out of balance? though all the right components are there. Long, with potential for further ageing, though lack of acid a concern.
    Very Good.

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  • By Tim Jackson MW
    2/21/2019 (link)

    (Craggy Range, Gimblett Gravels Les Beaux Cailloux Chardonnay Hawke's Bay White) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2013, IWC Issue #170 (link)

    (Craggy Range Vineyards Chardonnay Les Beaux Cailloux Gimblett Gravels) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Richard Jennings
    5/15/2014 (link) 88 points

    (Craggy Range Chardonnay Les Beaux Cailloux) Very light yellow color; almond, light toast, tart pear nose; tart pear, apple, mineral palate with lowish acidity; medium finish (13.4% alcohol; 10 months in oak, 42% new) 88+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type White
  • Producer Craggy Range
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation Les Beaux Cailloux
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country New Zealand
  • Region North Island
  • SubRegion Hawke's Bay
  • Appellation Hawke's Bay
  • UPC Code 9421004550499

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  • In Cellars 162 (68%)
  • Consumed 76 (32%)

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