Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2017
The seamless, elegant Craighall chardonnay comes from 30-year-old vines in the heart of the Martinborough Terrace.
A very alluring, restrained nose of citrus, white-flesh nectarine and citrus blossom leads onto a tight, fine palate with a subtly chalky texture. With no one, single flavour dominating, this wine is intriguing, very complex with fabulous persistence. Fully barrel fermented with 'wild' indigenous yeasts, this exceptional release has excellent cellaring potential.
Ata Rangi is owned and run by Clive Paton and his wife Phyll, together with Clive's sister Alison and winemaker Helen Masters. Clive planted the bare, stony home paddock at the edge of Martinborough in 1980; in doing so, he was one of a handful of people who pioneered grape growing in the area. Ata Rangi's first vineyard covered less than five hectares on deep, free-draining alluvial gravels, the original course of a local river which flows from the hills that flank the eastern side of the valley. In 2012, Clive, who is also an avid conservationist, was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contribution to both viticulture and conservation in New Zealand. In January 2019, Helen was awarded 2019 New Zealand Winemaker of the Year by Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine, a superb recognition of her 16 years’ work at Ata Rangi.
Ata Rangi produces a range of white wines, including the very fine 'Craighall' Chardonnay which is barrel fermented using indigenous yeasts and sourced from low-yielding Mendoza clones, the oldest of which are over 30 years old.