Four wines for the long weekend

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay

2015 $28

The cool climate regions bring out the best in chardonnays in my book, and this Craggy Range example from the alluvial soils of Hawkes Bay on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island proves my point. Deliciously restrained with excellent minerality, it reflects judicious winemaking in not overworking the fruit with too much influence in the vinification. Instead, the wine has a fine acid backbone with a symphony of stone fruit and citrus flavours and a long satisfying finish. It’s a sophisticated wine without being too extroverted, always letting the fruit do the talking. Yum.