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 Enthusiast
2019 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2019 vintage in Hawke's Bay saw warm and dry conditions throughout the summer. Late-season rains threatened harvest, but the clusters were brought into the winery in ideal condition and ripeness.
Tasting Note
Pale lime to pale straw. Subtle, yes definitive aromas of lime zest and grapefruit pulp with hints of brioche and fresh cashews. Palate has saline acidity that carry the citrus notes from nose to mouth. The savoury complexity provides the perfect counter-point for a Chardonnay that truly reflects its maritime origins.
Food Pairing
A delicious companion to a variety of shellfish dishes.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
PH: 3.3
ACIDITY: 5.8 g/L
ABV: 12.7%
AGING: Aged for 8 months in 15% new French oak barrels before fining and filtering.
Unique Selling Points
  • This single-vineyard Chardonnay has an elegant, balanced and refined character.
  • 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.

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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