Over the past 20 years Ant McKenzie has crafted fantastic wines for some of the biggest names in New Zealand wine - Dry River, Framingham, Mud House, Te Awa and Spy Valley. Now, under his own banner, he has created a multi-tier range of wines with Craft Farm pitched as "single site expressions that showcase the essence of place."
This wonderful 2016 Chardonnay comes off the McKenzie's home block. It's a modern style with some reductive aromatic elements and plenty of palate drive. Very cellar worthy.
The winery writes "The palate shows good weight and a fine acid structure which draws the flavours across the palate. Lovely toasty and savoury notes come through but not at the expense of the fruit expression. A full-bodied and pure expression of Chardonnay which will match most rich seafood and white meat dishes. Expect this wine to develop toasty and mineral notes under its natural cork closure."