Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay

Craggy Range Winery

Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: New Zealand

The cool but sunny environment of the Kidnappers Vineyard near Hawkes Bay and its shallow, warm clay loam soils allow the development of intense Chardonnay flavors in the grapes, which are captured using the traditional winemaking techniques of the Chablis region of France. Grapes are hand harvested and whole-bunch pressed before undergoing fermentation in stainless steel, closed oak tanks and new French oak puncheons. The wine is matured on the lees in oak barrels before bottling.

90 Points

Wine Spectator

2014 vintage
92 Points

2012 vintage
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tasting note

Shows lemon zest, almond, and mineral aromas and flavors, with a coastal acidity and freshness. This medium-weight, textured wine has a remarkable length of flavor.

food pairing

A delicious companion to a variety of shellfish dishes.

points of distinction

  • This cool climate wine's juicy, bright and fresh aromas and flavors are a perfect compliment to shellfish and seafood.
  • In the traditional Chablis style, this wine is made from whole clusters, and is fermented and aged in stainless steel tank, large French oak vats and puncheons.
  • This single-vineyard Chardonnay has an elegant, balanced and refined character.
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“Craggy Range Winery provides the singular experience of tasting New Zealand terroir with every sip. By selecting and sourcing the finest vineyards in New Zealand and planting them with only those vines perfectly suited to the specific parcels of earth, Craggy Range crafts wines that truly speak of where they come from.”

– Steve Smith, Director of Wine and Viticulture

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