2004 Craggy Range Chardonnay Les Beaux Cailloux


  • New Zealand
  • North Island
  • Hawke's Bay
Drink between 2009 - 2011 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • Marc wrote: 92 points

    May 30, 2011 - Exotic, opulent, well aged wine. Butterscotch, dried apricots, meal and rich integrated oak. There is a gorgeous herbal element to the wine that lends definition and interest. Alcohol is noticeable on the layered and long finish. Textbook hazelnut flavours echo on the back palate. This is excellent, individual chardonnay that may be at the end of its plateau of maturity.

  • StewartWent wrote: 92 points

    April 23, 2011 - I'm with Marc on this one - probably the best Kiwi chard I have every drunk. Rich, ripe, worked but not rough or oaky. A touch hot and tails a little at the finish but to befair this is 7yr old chard. Bags of class and wonderful spicy oka throughout. Drink through 2011 and 2012.

  • salil wrote: 86 points

    April 5, 2011 - Surprisingly mature with a flavour profile that's not unlike an older white Rioja, showing savoury hazelnut and almond flavours and oxidative elements over ripe white fruits. There's still decent acidity beneath that keeps the fruit fairly fresh despite the oxidative elements, certainly interesting though not as enjoyable as the Jadots.

  • Marc wrote: 94 points

    July 4, 2010 - Grand Cru standard. Massively worked but it has the fruit to back it up. Hugely complex and a complete wine. Great depth, length and complexity. Tropical fruits (mango, pineapple), oily texture but delicate. Oxidative character, new oak, mealy, yeasty. MIght be the finest NZ chardonnay I have drunk. Drinking well now.

  • Dinovino wrote: 93 points

    April 29, 2010 - Classy Nz Chardonnay, Real complexity here, mealy, smokey, fig, apple ,peach, beautifully integrated oak. Elegant, refined, subtle,silky texture

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • 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

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  • In Cellars 24 (69%)
  • Consumed 11 (31%)

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