2010 Craggy Range "Kidnappers Vineyard" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay offers lovely warm grapefruit and orange blossom aromas with some pineapple and green mango plus a hint of creamy oatmeal. Medium bodied with lively acidity and a nice silky texture, it gives a good amount of flavor concentration and a long pure finish. (89+)
Wine & Spirits
Earthy scents of peach skin and dusty rose mellow this wine's touch of oak tannins. The texture is creamy and youthfully blunt, needing six months in bottle to evolve.
A crisp, refreshing style, dominated by lime flavors, with lemon, green apple and pear notes in the background and pretty floral accents on the finish. Drink now.
This fresh and vibrant Chardonnay come from a amazing single vineyard set at the foot of Cape Kidnappers in Hawkes Bay on New Zealand's north island. The area is becoming well know for fine wines and this particular vineyard is one of the best cooler sites in the region. Being close to the ocean, afternoon breezes temper the suns heat and keeps a bright acid in the grapes. At the winery the fruit is treated in a very Chablis like manner, hand harvested, whole cluster pressed, 90% aged on it's lees in neutral oak tanks with only 10% being fermented and aged in new French oak Puncheon barrels. This winemaking style has kept the wine very true to its terroir and preserved a bright zesty acid. Perfect for summer days and seafood. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ & Aussie Wine Specialist)