WIN A MARTINBOROUGH WEEKEND WITH MARGRAIN VINEYARD
Buy any 6 bottles of Margrain wine and be in to win. Flights, rental car and accommodation included. More info here.
93 POINTS | Bob Campbell MW
This is very classy barrique-fermented chardonnay from lauded Margrain winemaker, Strat Canning. Finely crafted and built for the long haul, it shows plenty of promise on the nose with an amalgam of stone fruit and butterscotch flavours - and those characters flow through to a concentrated, creamy palate where they are joined with plenty of oak spice and cashew nut / citrus-brulee complexity. Layers of creamy acidity hold everything together beautifully allowing those pristine Martinborough Chardonnay flavours to remain the star of the show. Highly recommended.
Bob Campbell MW writes "Creamy-textured chardonnay with white peach, citrus, lime, hazelnut, root ginger and baguette crust flavours supported by punchy acidity and fine tannins."
The winemaker writes "There is a look of molten gold to the wine in the glass and when it rises to the nose it speaks of butterscotch, orange blossom and salted macadamia nuts. It fills the nostrils with a heavy handed brush and sports Christmas Lily, rough stacked barn hay, ricotta cheese and bakes kumara. White fleshed peach, apple and mango are carries along with milk and honey, toasted sesame seed and a soft mealy edge which exacerbates the anticipation. The palate opens fair, fat and wide and shimmies down the aisle with a prickly assertiveness. Pungent guava and rich stewed prunes meld with heavy mocca and crunchy oatmeal granols. Like a dark night spent in the wilderness, there is a sweet/sour quality and the zing of a longsaw ripping through native timber, with the taste of fresh sawdust palpable. A thickness fills the mouth, smoothing over every nook and cranny like polycell, while an etheral breadth keeps the wine alive in the finish long after the embers have died."