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2015 Squawking Magpie Counting Crows Chardonnay

2015 Squawking Magpie Counting Crows Chardonnay

18 Points Raymond Chan
2015 Squawking Magpie Counting Crows Chardonnay
18 Points Raymond Chan

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A soft and luscious Chardonnay from old hand in Hawkes Bay, Squawking Magpie. From a single site it is also notably from a single clone of Chardonnay -- the B95 recently imported from France -- which in New Zealand grows quite small berries to deliver real weight and elegance. Barrel fermentation and aging later adds even more texture and softness to the mellow, creamy fruit flavours, producing a wine of both sophistication and satisfaction. A modern wrapping for lovely old school pleasures, the Counting Crows is much more than a steady bet for Chardy lovers.

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$29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle

Overview

Grape

Chardonnay

Its Origins

Squawking Magpie Owner and Director Gavin Yortt planted the main Woodland’s vineyard in 1995, with further holdings in 2002 extending the focus on Hawkes Bay classic grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. They are members of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand and maintain a strong focus on cellaring wines and a quality-driven (rather than brand-driven) market strategy, which begins with rigorous vineyard management. Though not shouting from every shelf, on quality-for-value Squawking Magpie wines are often among the best Hawkes Bay has to offer.

What The Critics Say

18+/20 Raymond Chan

"Bright straw-yellow colour, paler on the rim. The nose is initially reserved and tightly bound, but unfolds to show an elegantly concentrated and layered core with aromas of ripe stonefruits and citrus fruits along with nuances of creamy, nutty barrel-ferment elements and a suggestion of flinty detail. This has richness and is balanced and well-integrated in presentation. Medium-bodied, the palate has a stylishly restrained, but rich and luscious heart, with elegant flavours of ripe citrus fruit with tropical fruit elements, along with creamy-textured barrel-ferment and nutty oak, complexed by flinty detail. The palate flows smoothly with acid freshness, linearity and subtle power, carrying to a soft, lingering, creamy, nutty finish. Serve with poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. Clone 95 fruit from a single Dartmoor site, fully barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 40% new French oak with 100% MLF. 18.0+/20 Aug 2016 RRP $33.95 ."

Winemaker notes on current 2015 vintage

"The 2015 single vineyard, barrel fermented Chardonnay offers sophisticated soft wine with restrained flavours of grapefruit, melon and a subtle blend of nut, spicy oak and lees characters. 100% Barrel fermented and Barrel aged in new and older French oak add complexity and texture."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Colour

    White

  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

  • Closure

    Cap

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Alcohol

    14.00%

  • Maturity

    2016 - 2021

This Wine Goes Well With

with CANAPES
with PORK
with POULTRY

Taste

3

Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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