2017 Squawking Magpie Counting Crows Chardonnay

2017 Squawking Magpie Counting Crows Chardonnay

Winery Clearance
94 Points Sam Kim
2017 Squawking Magpie Counting Crows Chardonnay
94 Points Sam Kim

In stock

Out the door it goes. Squawking Magpie's top chardonnay on a massive clearance deal. 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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Elsewhere up to $34.99 Save $15 $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle




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

94/100 wine Orbit, Sam Kim

"This is immediately appealing on the nose showing ripe stone fruit, rockmelon, nougat, vanilla and roasted hazelnut characters. The palate is concentrated and wonderfully weighted, delivering rich texture and creamy mouthfeel, backed by elegantly pitched acidity. Soothing and comforting with loads of tasty flavours. $34.00. www.squawkingmagpie.co.nz. Feb 2019." Drink 2019 - 2021

18+/20 Raymond Chan (2015 vintage)

"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 ."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety


  • Colour


  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Maturity

    2020 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



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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