White

2008 Craggy Range Chardonnay Les Beaux Cailloux

Chardonnay

  • New Zealand
  • North Island
  • Hawke's Bay
Drink between 2012 - 2021 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 4

  • Mon.Maultiere wrote: 89 points

    February 15, 2021 - Drunk with vegetable terrine. Pale white gold. Powerful oaky nose with slight smokiness. Butter, vanilla with honey and citrus hints. An underlying herbaceousness. Developed body and some balance in the glass. Rich but with a little bite of rather sharp acidity that disturbs its overall smoothness. Only moderate length. Holding up well though. There were brief moments of real enjoyment and the underlying wine seemed to be very good but the oak was the dominant flavour at all stages - too much for my palate. There was no mellowing on Day 2 or 3 - leaving it rather unharmonious overall. I don't see this improving.

  • Marc wrote: 92 points

    February 5, 2015 - Triple Birthday Dinner (Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand): Fabulous chardonnay - this feels opulent but still retains a nice sense of structure. Mealy and mineral with plenty of vanillin aspects. Very long and impeccably balanced. This drinks well now - in very early maturity. A slightly more structured version of this wine than previous vintages.

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  • Marc wrote: 93 points

    March 25, 2013 - Hazelnut city - very Meursault in style - round, ripe, peaches and cream - minerals, toast, gorgeous oak handling. Tropical fruit notes add exoticism - some Amyl-acetate (artificial banana). This is clearly a luxury NZ chardonnay that delivers in a big way. Beautiful fruit that just goes on and on and perfectly complements the oak. Not quite as oxidative a style as previous vintages, this is drinking beautifully but should hold a few more years under its stelvin cap.

  • AlexGarner wrote: 93 points

    May 24, 2010 - Craggy Range Prestige Collection 2008 Release Tasting (Prince Wine Store - Bank Street): Colour: Pale yellow with a green tint
    Nose: Flinty with plenty of fresh lemon and mandarin. Toasty nuts and white flowers.
    Palette: Huge mouthfeel and plenty of crunchy acid. Powerful and textural with a complex mid-palette but no edges. Long long finish.
    Overall: Very interesting and masculine. Not for the faint hearted!
    Cellaring: 5-7 years easily.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • 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 52 (62%)
  • Consumed 32 (38%)

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