The cool but sunny environment of the Kidnappers Vineyard, located near Hawkes Bay, and its shallow, warm clay loam soils allow the development of intense Chardonnay flavors in the grapes. The traditional winemaking techniques of the Chablis region of France are used in the production of this wine. The 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.

92 Points
2021 vintage
93 Points
2021 vintage
Harvest Note
This vintage experienced a warm, early Spring with occasional large amounts of rainfall. The precipitation was followed by a long, dry summer.
Tasting Note
A vibrant and fresh feel with lively acidity. Fresh lemon curd and supple oak balance on the palate. Deliciously refreshing.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with shellfish dishes, comté cheese or truffle pasta
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
PH: 6.2
ACIDITY: 3.34 g/l
ABV: 13%
AGING: Aged for 8 months in 15% new French oak barrels before fining and filtering
Unique Selling Points
  • 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.

About the Grape

Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
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