89pointsCraggy Range 2004 Les Beaux Cailloux Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay (Hawke's Bay)

Craggy's Chardonnay is a big boy, with fully ripe fruit (14.5% alcohol) that's framed by ample oak. Yet it shows some restraint as well, with aromas of pencil shavings and minerals that nicely complement pear and melon fruit. With a richly textured, almost gravelly mouthfeel, the wine shows good depth and richness. The overall impression is of a wine that's a bit oaky now, but should integrate nicely in a another 12 months or so. Joe Czerwinski

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