Ata Rangi Craighall 2017
- New Zealand, 750ml
The palate is incredibly elegant with bright fine acidity that pulls you right to the end of the palate. The aromatics are very clean and precise: fresh ripe white pear, florals of jasmine blended with savoury aromas of almond and cashew nuts, opening out in the glass like apple in puff pastry.
- Winery: Ata Rangi
- Varietal: Chardonnay
- Region: Martinborough, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2017
- Alcohol: 13%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
Food pairing: Chicken; veal & pork; shrimp, crab & lobster; potato & squash; cream & pesto sauces; mild & semi soft cheeses
Craighall, Ata Rangi's premium Chardonnay, is from prized blocks of low-yielding Mendoza clone vines. The oldest, now over 30 years of age, are situated directly opposite the Ata Rangi home block in the heart of the deep, free-draining gravels that make up the Martinborough Terrace.
Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small family owned New Zealand winery, located at the Southern end of the North Island. With a big reputation for serious Pinot Noir, founder and patriarch Clive Paton planted his first vines in 1980 and was one of four pioneer winemakers in the Martinborough area.
Alongside Clive, the vineyard is also owned and managed by Clive’s wife Phyll, and sister Alison. The talented trio, together with dynamic winemaker Helen Masters, have made Ata Rangi known for their flagship wine, Pinot Noir. In 2010, this wine was honoured with the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa or "Grand Cru of New Zealand".
- 95 Points & 5 Stars - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
- 93 Points - Nick Stock, James Suckling
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