100% Chardonnay 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.
Hand-picked fruit was whole bunch pressed, with the unsettled juice fully barrel fermented in Burgundy barriques, 25% new, using indigenous yeasts. Partial malolactic. Aged in barrel on lees for 12 months.
Classic Craighall on the nose; stone fruit, almond biscotti and lime zest. On the palate, it is rich on entry with a supple and enticing mid structure, before flowing into a long and lingering mineral finish. Fully barrel fermented with wild indigenous yeasts, this wine promises excellent cellaring potential.
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