2010 Craggy Range "Kidnappers Vineyard" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay New Zealand

SKU #1093210 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+)  (10/2011)

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.  (2/2012)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (6/2011)

K&L Notes

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)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5