Ata Rangi Petrie Chardonnay 2015 (Martinborough, New Zealand) "...yellow apple, citrus, cashew..."
Owned by the Petrie family, the 23 year-old block is 20 minutes' drive north-east of Martinborough on the deep, gravelled, uplifted river terraces of East Taratahi. The vineyard itself is generally cooler than our own blocks due to its higher elevation. Vineyard perspective and wind exposure are also factors in cooling this site, making it ideal for the Clone 15 plantings and expressed in the typically bright fruit and marked thread of minerality that Petrie Chardonnay is renowned for.
"Distinctive and familiar bouquet of Chardonnay with orchard fruits led by fresh and baked stone fruits then a yellow apple and citrus moment; crushed cashew nut suggest some new oak influences and a layer of toastiness with vanilla reveals the youthful side. On the palate – firm, dry, enegaging and packed with flavours of fruit, oak, some mild oak tannins and synergy. Beginning to integrate this wine ahs a long journey ahead – so be wise and cellar for another 2-3 years or decant for service." - 96 Points, Cameron Douglas MS
"The 2015 Petrie Chardonnay opens with a slight struck match/sulfide note, giving way to grapefruit, apple and white peach notes with hints of marzipan and baking bread. The medium-bodied palate is silky and refined with a good intensity of stone fruit and yeasty flavors, finishing with a refreshing lift." - 91 Points, Wine Advocate