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The definite article is included in front of ‘Syrah’ & ‘Chardonnay’ as I have no interest to produce a cornucopia of styles of differing quality and origin. One wine and the best possible winemaking experience I can give it. This includes vineyard management techniques that emphasise the unique Gravels terroir, including crop thinning and optimum bunch exposure that will ultimately provide the best fruit the site is capable of producing.

 

2013 Mark Rattray Pinot GrisMark Rattray Pinot Gris Omaha Single Vineyard 2013
A beautifully ripe and flavoursome wine, the lifted bouquet shows stone fruit, citrus, pear and floral characters. It's fruit expressive and well textured on the palate with nicely integrated acidity, providing a lengthy finish. A youthful charmer filled with tasty flavours. At its best: now to 2016. $19.00. Moderate availability. 13%. Screw cap.

Wine Orbit Review: 90/100 4.5/5 Stars

Wine Orbit Medal

2009 Mark Rattray SyrahMark Rattray Gimblett Gravels ‘La Syrah’ 2010
The perfumed bouquet shows dark plum, floral, vanilla and subtle cedar notes. It's beautifully ripe and velvety on the palate with lovely mid palate weight and texture, leading to a silky, sumptuous finish. Already appealing, this should develop very nicely. At its best: now to 2016. $28.00. Moderate availability. 14%. Screw cap.

Wine Orbit Review: 91/100 4.5/5 Stars

Wine Orbit Medal

2010 Mark Rattray ChardonnayMark Rattray Gimblett Gravels ‘Le Chardonnay’ 2010
It's immediately appealing on the nose with yellow peach, tropical fruit, ripe citrus and vanillin oak characters. The palate is full, richly textured and silky-smooth, and beautifully framed by bright acidity. From the Gimblett Gravels district, this gorgeous chardonnay should evolve to show greater richness and complexity. At its best: now to 2016. $24.00. Limited availability.

Bob Campbell's review of the Le Chardonnay 2010

Bob Campbell rating
86/100 4/5 Stars

Rich, creamy Chardonnay with peach, butter, bready lees and nutty oak flavours. A real crowd-pleaser that will be appreciated by those who flavour the "big and buttery" style.
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Wine Orbit Review: 93/100 5/5 Stars

Wine Orbit Medal

2009 Mark Rattray SyrahMark Rattray Gimblett Gravels ‘La Syrah’ 2009
2009 was a great vintage in Hawkes Bay, with a hot, dry summer and a mild, long autumn. Ruby purple in colour, the wine is a distillation of blackcurrants, plums and black pepper. Sensitive oak handling has added a further dimension of complexity. The tannins that gradually crop up on the finish are in the featherweight division and highlight the readily accessible fruity components this classy Syrah possesses.