2016 Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay

2016 Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay

96 Points Bob Campbell
2016 Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay
96 Points Bob Campbell

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A top Chardonnay from Ata Rangi with huge depth and pedigree. Concentrated and broad on the palette, yet focused and linear as well, this powerful wine is like a summary of everything great about New World Chardonnay. A wine to cellar or to give a nice decant before enjoying, either option merely adding to the impressive amount of pleasure on offer.

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$45.99 in mixed 6+ or $51.99 per bottle




Its Origins

Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky" or "new beginning" is a small New Zealand winery with an enviable international reputation for PInot Noir. Located at the southern end of the North Island, it is owned and managed by a family trio - Clive Paton, wife Phyll and Clive's sister Ali. Clive planted the first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area, after reading a 1978 scientific report which showed Martinborough had a micro-climate similar to that of Burgundy. In 2010 Ata Rangi was honoured with the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa or "Grand Cru of New Zealand". With a skilled team in place, including dynamic winemaker Helen Masters, Clive now has more time to focus on his commitment to conservation and to the Ata Rangi alliance with Project Crimson. Ata Rangi is ISO-14001 and SWNZ certified, with a slow move into organic viticulture taking place as of now.

What The Critics Say

96/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Smooth, creamy-textured chardonnay with white peach and subtle floral, wildflower characters together with a hint of ginger, hazelnut and bran biscuit. A wine of subtle power and impressive length. Can be enjoyed now but has a promising future 7/9/2017." Drink 2017 - 2024

96/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

"An exquisitely styled chardonnay, the elegant bouquet shows white stone fruit, lemon pith, almond and subtle flinty characters. The palate is refined, focused and concentrated, and exhibits layers of fine texture and delicate fruit intensity, brilliantly supported by seamlessly integrated acidity. Captivating, impeccably composed and most pleasing. At its best: 2018 to 2026. $38.00. www.atarangi.co.nz. Aug 2017." Drink 2018 - 2026

19+/20 and 5 Stars Raymond Chan

"Bright pale straw-yellow colour. The nose is softly full with complex layers of ripe citrus fruit and stonefruits, creamy barrel-ferment, mealy notes and sweet oak. This is beautifully aromatic, showing lovely finesse. Rich and fulsome on the palate, and quite accessible, the flavours are soft and harmoniously interwoven, but deeply rich. Stonefruits, citrus fruits, mealy notes, and creamy, nutty oak. It is all there, but there is fresh acid cut. The textures are soft allowing immediate approachability, and there is strength and underlying power. Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Craighall’ vineyard, the oldest vines over 30 y.o., hand-picked, WBP and fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 24% new French oak barriques, undergoing partial MLF. 19.0+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $45.00."

Stats & Food Matching

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  • Region

    Martinborough / Wairarapa

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  • Maturity

    2017 - 2026

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



Delivery & Returns

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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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