Thursday, 27 July 2017

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2015


I shared this bottle with Montalto's Simon Black. He's a Chardonnay freak so a bottle was destined to be on the table at some stage. We ate at Il Centro - an ever popular Italian restaurant in Brisbane. The place was humming despite being the middle of the week. An excellent wine list too - credit to Shawn Gomes there. Montalto, where Black is the winemaker, were previously distributed by Craggy Range so it was a walk down memory lane for Black to see what the old firm were up to.

Very much a two tone wine. After taking a whiff it was clear that this is a serious wine. Burnt toast, struck match, nougat and a sliver of toasted almonds. To taste and things were quite different. Fleshy stone fruit headed by white peach which came across candied or caramalised. There was a sweetness which just lurked that threw me. Certainly not what I was expecting. Some Jersey caramel appeal and oak which is measured and well played. Just that lingering sweetness pulled it back a few notches.

I had a couple of glasses - it matched the sand crab lasagna well. I doubt I'd go back and buy another however.

Drink now to six years.

91/100

Region: Hawkes's Bay, New Zealand
RRP: $36
Source: Wine list

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