White

2007 Craggy Range Chardonnay Les Beaux Cailloux

Chardonnay

  • New Zealand
  • North Island
  • Hawke's Bay
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  • HowardNZ Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 12, 2019 - Craggy Range's flagship marred - to my palate - by excessive sweet-seeming, vanillin oak (54% new barriques, compared with 38% in the last vintage (2017) before the vines unfortunately had to be grubbed out, due to disease). Still, if you can get past the oak, it's an impressive Chardonnay. Showing some secondary oxidation under stelvin cap, but still drinking correctly. Bright lemon colour. On bouquet, after that creamy oak, there's a complex bouquet of mixed spices, poached pears, nectarines, blanched almonds and a touch of lemon toffee with some white meadow flowers. Similar flavours on palate. Orchard fruit and a little tropical fruit, mashed, blanched cashews and almonds, with little citrus fruit or minerality. Fully ripe, but not - for me - overripe. Real concentration, weight and power. Again, too much oak artefact on palate but good flavour complexity and interest. Lower acid, but still, in good balance. Moderately long. Under stelvin cap, there is no hurry to drink this wine, however I doubt it'll improve from here. Hard to score. Two evenings later, finishing the bottle: views confirmed. Too much sweet, vanillin oak and also - that I largely missed before - too much alcohol on the finish (14.5%).

  • Marc wrote: 93 points

    February 11, 2014 - Roast Chicken with Allan - Craggy Range (Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand): Absolutely gorgeous, complex and highly worked "peaches and cream" style with tell-tale Hawkes Bay acidity which brings focus and grace to the wine. Easily one of New Zealand's great chardonnays. Still a baby.

  • Marc wrote: 93 points

    June 3, 2012 - Brilliant example of a luxury NZ chardonnay. Hugely varied and intense nose with vivid fresh fennel aromas and classy dense oak and mineral character lead to a rich and particularly defined palate. Bracing structure with nuts and caramel leading to a long mineral and nutty finish. Slightly oxidative wine making style but not as much as earlier vintages. This wime is singing now but under stelvin should last a few more years yet.

  • pjaines wrote:

    October 19, 2010 - Craggy Range is for me the most consistent and excellent producer in New Zealand. Each wine, be it Syrah, Pinot or Chardonnay has a distinct sense of place that a lot of NZ wines just dont seem to have. This has a pale, lemon tinge to it but the nose is chardonnary through and through cut with excellent mineral backbone. Some oak is quite evident at the moment and the wine is still young, but the raw materials are here already - nice freshness on the palate gives this breadth and depth. Not cheap at £26, but very enjoyable. Needs food to work with, and probably another 2-3 years in bottle. Excellent.

  • Marc wrote: 92 points

    October 16, 2010 - This bottle was far more open than the last bottle drunk. Opulent with mealy complexity and great intensity. The wine's oak is a bit too prominent at the moment - it still needs time to settle down - but I am pleased that it is less backward than the last bottle was.

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  • By Campbell Mattinson
    10/27/2009 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • 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 66 (67%)
  • Consumed 32 (33%)

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