2008 Craggy Range Chardonnay Les Beaux Cailloux


  • New Zealand
  • North Island
  • Hawke's Bay
Drink between 2010 - 2018 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 3

  • 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 48 (68%)
  • Consumed 23 (32%)

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