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Craighall Riesling

Ata Rangi Craighall Riesling 2013- 19.0-/20.0

Raymond Chan | November 2018


Brilliant straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim.  The bouquet is elegantly proportioned with finely concentrated, deep and intense, but soft aromas of white florals and lime fruit harmoniously melded with a subtle thread of secondary toasty complexities, unfolding thirst-quenching minerals.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is refined in presentation with good intensity of lime fruit and white florals, harmoniously entwined with a little complexing toastiness and mineral elements.  The palate has subtle fruit extract textures which guide the wine along a seamless line, with lacy acidity enlivening and lengthening the finish.  This is an elegant and refined, but intensely flavoured dry Riesling with lime, floral, toasty and mineral flavours on a soft-textured palate with a fresh finish.  Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 4-5+ years.  Hand-picked Riesling fruit from the ‘Craighall’ vineyard, vines over 30 y.o., WBP and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 5 g/L RS, TA 7.1 g/L and pH 2.9.

Ata Rangi Craighall Riesling 2012- 94 Points

Huon Hooke | The Real Review

Superb, lifted fragrance of lime, flowers and honey. Intense, delicate palate with excellent fruit, and not too dry. The acidity is balanced by the subtlest touch of sweetness. Lovely drinking. 01 APR 2018

Ata Rangi Craighall Riesling 2012- 91 Points

Nick Stock |

Almost chalky aromas with hints of dried pineapple and kumquat as well as glacé fruits. There’s a density to the palate that delivers a lozenge of concentrated pine and lime fruit flavour. Fresh. Drink now. November 2017.

Ata Rangi Craighall Riesling 2012- 19.0-/20.0

Raymond Chan | October 2016

Brilliant straw-yellow colour with a pale edge. The bouquet is very elegant in proportion with a tightly bound core and intense, penetrating aromas of lime fruit entwined with a complex amalgam of honey, toast and kero, along with steely minerals. This has developed savoury secondary nuances adding a delicate layer to the aromatics. Dy to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is fine in concentration and presentation, showing lime fruit layered by complexing notes of honey and toast, along with savoury minerals and nuances of kero. The palate is taut and sleek, with brisk, racy acidity providing energy, tension and linearity. The mouthfeel is fine-textured and the wine leads to a dry, very long and sustained, thirst-quenching finish of limes, toast and minerals. This is a tight, firm and intensely penetrating dry Riesling with complex lime and honey flavours with secondary toast and mineral notes, and excellent linearity. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 4-5+ years. Riesling fruit from the ‘Craighall’ vineyard, some vines over 30 y.o., hand-picked and WBP, and indigenous yeast fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 5 g/L RS, TA 7.1 g/L and pH 2.9. 70 cases made.

Ata Rangi Craighall Riesling 2011- 19.0-/20.0

Raymond Chan | October 2015

Bright, very pale straw colour. The bouquet is very tight and refined, showing classical secondary toast and kero notes, beautifully integrated with the lime and lemon aromas. Very dry to taste, mouthwatering citrus fruit piqued by brilliant refreshingly piercing mineral acidity. Harmonious toast and kero complexity and character, and extremely long and lingering on the finish. Tight and elegant, with development, but the potential to keep another 5+ years as well. 12.5% alc., 5 g/L RS, TA 7.1 g/L and pH 2.9.

Ata Rangi Craighall Riesling 2010 – 94 Points, 5 Stars

Sam Kim | WineOrbit, August 2014

At four-years-old, this is still youthful and poised. The beautifully lifted bouquet shows lemon/lime, nectarine, flint and a hint of toasty notes. It’s mouth-wateringly delicious on the palate displaying outstanding concentration, backed by whispering sweetness and racy acidity. At its best: now to 2022.

Ata Rangi Craighall Riesling 2009

Michael Cooper ONZM

“I greatly enjoyed your ’09 Craighall Riesling – it’s exactly the sort of weighty, dry but harmonious style that NZ needs more of. If ever the public are to be persuaded to drink Riesling in this country, I think we need more wines in that mould – weighty and dry, and showing some of the benefits of bottle age.” email to Ata Rangi, May 2012.

Ata Rangi Martinborough Craighall Riesling 2009 – 18.5+/20

Raymond Chan | April 2013

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. The bouquet is tightly bound and penetrating with aromas of lime fruit infused with secondary toast and wet-stone minerals and steel. Dry to taste and tightly concentrated, this is elegant in proportion for its intensity and depth. Flavours of limes, toast, minerals and a suggestion of nuts form a dense core, the flavours flowing smoothly on a fine-featured and refined, textural palate line. The palate combines a suggestion of lusciousness with mouthwatering acidity and the flavours are carried to a very long, lingering, lacy finish with nuances of citrus fruit, toast and honey. This is a tight and concentrated, mouthwatering dry Riesling of refinement, beginning to show some toasty complexities. Serve as an aperitif or match with shellfish over the next 4-5 years.

Ata Rangi Martinborough Craighall Riesling 2010 – 18.5+/20

Raymond Chan | August 2014

Bright, very pale straw colour with some green hues, very pale on rim. The bouquet is very refined and elegantly proportioned with tightly bound and intense aromas of lime fruit harmoniously melded with white florals, mineral detail and subtle, complex secondary toast notes. Dry to taste, the palate is very finely concentrated with flavours of citrus fruits, white florals, minerals and toast, along with complexing oxidative nuances. The fruit possesses a delicate succulence which is balanced by a very fine thread of drying phenolics, and enlivened by excellent lacy acidity providing real poise and tension. An elegant line carries the flavours to a very long and sustained, dry finish showing toast, mineral and fine nutty traces. This is a beautifully refined, tightly bound, elegant, dry Riesling with subtle toast and minerally complexities. Serve as an aperitif, with seafood and poultry over the next 4+ years.

Ata Rangi Craighall Riesling 2009

Neal Martin |, October 2010

Ata Rangi’s 2009 Riesling sports a crisp, clean, lifted nose of lovely peachy fruit, elderflower and lime leaf. The palate is zesty on the entry with notes of orange zest, apricot, lime cordial and lemon zest that segue to a lively, citrus-driven finish and tangy tangerine on the aftertaste. This is a multi-faceted Martinborough Riesling. Drink now-2013.

Ata Rangi Craighall Riesling 2009

Michael Cooper |

One of the country’s finest dry Rieslings to date, the 2009 vintage (5*), released in 2013, proves how the variety can flourish with bottle age. From vines 24 years old at harvest, cropped ultra-lightly (3 tonnes/ha) and made in a truly dry style (4 grams/litre residual sugar) , it has a scented, toasty bouquet. On the palate, it is finely poised, with intense citrusy, limey, slightly spicy flavours, showing lovely depth, delicacy, vigour and harmony. It should flourish for a decade.

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