2016 On Giant's Shoulders Martinborough Chardonnay

2016 On Giant's Shoulders Martinborough Chardonnay

94 Points Bob Campbell MW
2016 On Giant's Shoulders Martinborough Chardonnay
94 Points Bob Campbell MW

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A superb boutique Chardonnay from a famous vineyard in Martinborough. The McCreanor vineyard was planted back in 1988, but these mature vines are better known as the source of Escarpment's former "Pahi" premium label. Now rediscovered by new owners with international winemaking experience and a hands-on commitment to this single site, the On Giant's Shoulders label carries not only the vineyard's sheer pedigree but an also displays an unusually deft touch in crafting classy Chardonnay. With nice breadth and weight balanced with harmonious nutty and spicy themes, this is a serious middle-to-heavyweight entrant to the Martinborough scene.

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$35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle




Its Origins

Raymond Chan -- "‘Standing on the shoulders of giants’ is a phrase meaning building on the previous major and significant works of others who have been recognised for their efforts. ‘On Giant’s Shoulders’ is the label for Braden and Gabrielle Crosby’s wine venture, Braden with viticultural and winemaking experience, formerly working with Paddy Borthwick in Gladstone for 11 harvests and extensive work overseas. During his time in Alsace, he learned much about the making of Pinot Gris. The Crosby’s purchased the former McCreanor family vineyard on Princess Street in Martinborough in August 2015, in time to prune the vines and make wine from the 2016 vintage. The vineyard is well-known for supplying the fruit for the Escarpment ‘Pahi’ single vineyard Pinot Noirs and for its contribution to the Martinborough Vineyard wines. The 4 ha vineyard is a mature one, established in 1988, with 3 ha of Pinot Noir, with around 9,000 close-planted vines, which has undergone some replanting. There is also 0.5 ha of Pinot Gris, of which around half was planted in 1988, and 0.5 ha of Chardonnay. The Crosbys have spent their ownership time working on the property and vines. They have produced on average around 1,000 cases from the 2016 and 2017 harvests with the three varieties."

What The Critics Say

94/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Taut, elegant chardonnay with hazelnut, ginger, peach and subtle citrus and grapefruit flavours. A curious textural feature of the wine is a fine, peppery, almost spicy finish. Integrated oak and a lengthy finish. I'd love to taste it again in five years. 7/12/2017." Drink 2017 - 2024

18.5-/20 Raymond Chan

"The nose has rich, ripe aromas of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit with tropical fruit notes, harmoniously melded with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak elements, along with a little lemon-curd MLF. The nose possesses depth and a soft density. Medium-bodied, the palate has good intensity and concentration of ripe yellow stonefruit and citrus fruit flavours entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes. The palate is fine-textured and smooth-flowing with fresh acidity and some underlying power providing good linearity. Some lemon-curd MLF emerges as the wine carries to a dry, light-textured finish. Match with roast pork over the next 4-5 years." Drink 2017 - 2022

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    2017 - 2024

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



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