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2012 Craggy Range "Kidnappers Vineyard" Chardonnay Hawkes Bay New Zealand

SKU #1213030 92 points James Suckling

 A lees-driven style that has plenty of fresh banana bread and peach pastry on offer: a really attractive nose. The palate is supple, rich and creamy, with custard spices pervading ripe-pear and peach flavor. Bright and smooth.  (10/2014)

17 points Jancis Robinson

 Attractive stoniness on the nose and nothing out of place on the palate. Really very sophisticated. Good lanolin nose and creamy but definitely savoury palate. Wonderful restraint without any austerity. Ripe fruit but no sweetness. Long and already drinking very well.12.5% Drink 2014-2019.

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Pale golden straw with green hue. Lifted aromatics of honeysuckle, lemon zest and toasted almond. Finely structured on the palate with subtle fresh flavours of grapefruit, white peach, wet stone and a mouthwatering salty/briny character on the finish.The cool yet sunny environment of our Te Awanga Vineyard near Cape Kidnappers, just yards from the breaking waves, allows the development of intense Chardonnay flavours in the grapes, captured using traditional winemaking techniques seen in the Chablis region of France. Vinified in a combination of Stainless steel tanks and 600L French oak puncheons and larger cuves. Less than 10% of the wine sees any new oak in order to maintain crispness and focused minerality."

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Staff Image By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2015 | Send Email
A must-try for any Chardonnay fan, Craggy Range's "Kidnapper's Vineyard" is quite unique and delicious! The vineyard is named for nearby Cape Kidnappers (the site of an 18th century abduction of Captain Cook's interpreter by the native Maori) located on the Hawke's Bay coastline. The ocean breeze moderates the summer temperatures and the resulting wine is snappy with acidity and hints of flinty minerality, while still rich, toasty, nutty, and creamy. At $19.99, this awesome Chard is a steal (you knew it was coming).

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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