November 23, 2020 - Three years since I last had this wine
Colour Med+ gold with green hues bright and clear sparkling 15/15
Nose medium * intensity Complex aromatics of cashews ,lemon , a creamy yeast lees note, butter , yellow stone fruits , tropical fruits great complexity 32/35
Palate excellent intensity and lovely mouthfeel , finely balanced acidity and a smooth oak spice background supporting the fruit flavours that provide a richly flavoured wine of great poise and length.42/44
Overall This wine was fermented in French oak barriques, 70% new barrel and for a wine , now 14 years old showing no real aged characters , well maybe a slightly deeper colour but so fresh and alive in the mouth - enjoyed this a lot 10/11
December 12, 2017 - Colour Light gold with green hues bright and clear 15/15
Nose medium intensity Complex aromatics of cashews ,lemon , a creamy yeast lees note, butter , great complexity 31/35
Palate excellent intensity and lovely mouthfeel , finely balanced acidity and a smooth oak background supporting the fruit flavours that provide a richly flavoured wine of great poise and length.42/44
Overall This wine was fermented in French oak barriques, 70% new barrel and for a wine , now 11 years old showing no real aged characters , well maybe a slightly deeper colour but so fresh and alive in the mouth - enjoyed this a lot 10/11
December 7, 2015 - The top Chardonnay from Craggy Range, made from Gimblett Gravels in the North Island of New Zealand. Very faint yellow with zero negative signs of aging. The dominate flavor is lemon fruit. The wine is aged in 70% new oak, but shows only a delicate cedar and vanilla. At 9 years old, I expected the wine to be richer and more complex than it is, but perhaps this will develop with more age. The 2005 vintage of this wine is significantly greater. Craggy Range is one of the best wineries in New Zealand, who owns vineyards from all over the country in order to be able to source each grape varietal from the place in New Zealand that produces the highest quality grapes for that varietal.
April 6, 2014 - Well doggone if this wine didn't hit it's stride after we'd drank three of the four. But the fourth was worth the wait. Let it open a while but keep it cool while doing so. Then when it warms up it will be just right.
July 1, 2013 - A bit watery out of the bottle. May be starting to diminish. There are hints of what it may have been, especially after opened for 45 mins. Would not dread drinking it again, but not a special wine.
October 8, 2012 - Last of four; just terrific as they all were. Rich and mature but also plenty lively and refreshing. A whole lotta chardonnay for the $$!
April 18, 2012 - Gotta love a nice minerally unoaked Chardonnay! This is nicely reminescent of a white burgundy.
January 31, 2012 - Pnp. Good acid, light body. Leesy. Lemon.
March 23, 2011 - Decanted one hour. Really nice stuff - caramel, lemon, awesome acidity, medium body, restrained oak, tons of leesy complexity. None of the trappings of new world Chardonnay, with none of the lean sharpness that can plague New Zealand chards. This is perfectly mature, and given the screw cap, will probably sail on for some time. A very well-made wine, and a decent value for $30.
March 21, 2011 - Really good stuff. 9/12/08 is right: the nose is orchestral! A lot of pear in there, with some peach and guava and plenty more. Pear leads on the palate - which is both rich and lively - with minerals and nutmeg and no doubt more, and also a touch of alcoholic heat which is somewhat mitigated by the powerfully multidimensional aromas and flavors.
I think the 2008 David Bruce chard from Santa Lucia Highlands is of broadly similar style, albeit less complex (at about half the price).