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This stylish wine has fresh, strong, citrusy flavours and finely integrated oak. The 2010 vintage (4.5*) was grown in the Wairau Valley, hand-picked, and fermented and lees-aged in French oak barriques (22 per cent new). An elegant, finely poised wine that should unfold well, it is vibrant, citrusy, peachy and nutty, with barrel-ferment complexity and good richness through the palate. Open mid-2012+.
  • Variety: Chardonnay
  • Number of stars: 4.5
  • Price: $34
  • Sweetness: DRY
  • Value for Money: AV
Buyer’s Guide Edition 2012
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Ngatarawa’s lower-tier Chardonnay is made for easy drinking. The 2010 vintage (2.5*) is a fruit-driven style, peachy, citrusy and straightforward, with a hint of honey and drink-young appeal.

  • Variety: Chardonnay
  • Number of stars: 2.5
  • Price: $16
  • Sweetness: DRY
  • Value for Money: AV

Buyer’s Guide Edition 2012

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A drink-young style, this is a crisp, fruity, easy-drinking wine. The 2009 vintage (2.5*) was grown in the Kawatiri Vineyard and mostly handled in tanks (10 per cent was fermented in seasoned oak casks). Pale gold, it is mouthfilling and peachy, with a slightly honeyed bouquet and flavours. Ready.

  • Variety: Chardonnay
  • Number of stars: 2.5
  • Price: $19
  • Sweetness: DRY
  • Value for Money: –V

Buyer’s Guide Edition 2012

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The 2009 vintage (2.5*) is rare – only 44 cases were produced. Hand-harvested and handled without oak, it has some creamy notes, with moderately ripe, appley flavours, fresh acidity and a crisp, dry finish.

  • Variety: Chardonnay
  • Number of stars: 2.5
  • Price: $22
  • Sweetness: DRY
  • Value for Money: –V

Buyer’s Guide Edition 2012

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The winery’s top Chardonnay is estate-grown in Gimblett Road, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in new French oak barriques. The tightly structured, slightly lean 2011 vintage (4*) is a youthful, citrusy, mealy wine with fresh acidity, toasty, creamy notes adding complexity, and obvious potential. It’s a classic Gimblett Gravels style, but needs time; open 2014+. The 2012 (4*) is still very youthful. The bouquet is oaky; the palate is fresh and strong, with crisp, peachy, citrusy, slightly limey flavours, toasty and buttery notes adding complexity, and excellent vigour and concentration. Best drinking 2015+.

  • Variety: Chardonnay
  • Number of stars: 4
  • Price: $45
  • Sweetness: DRY
  • Value for Money: –V

Buyer’s Guide Edition 2014