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.

93 Points
2020 vintage
92 Points
Tasting Panel
2020 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2020 vintage was a challenging one with a spring that included frost and hailstorms. After spring the weather became more favorable, but still had its challenges, temperatures were slightly cooler than average but more importantly were considerably drier to the point of drought, reminiscent of the 2013 vintage. Fruit was harvested in pristine condition.
Tasting Note
Pale lime to pale straw in color, this was one of the best vintages of this vineyard in recent memory. Great complexity with nashi pear, roasted almonds but also undeniable citrus notes particularly featuring lemon zest. The palate is as compelling as it is fresh. Pithy grapefruit texture carries kafir lime leaf and freshly ground cashew notes across the mouth. Fantastic persistent acidity ensures that one reaches almost immediately for the second glass.
Food Pairing
Comté cheese and truffle pasta.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
PH: 3.3
ACIDITY: 6.1 g/L
ABV: 13%
AGING: Aged for 8 months in 15% new French oak barrels before fining and filtering
Unique Selling Points
  • Single-vineyard Chardonnay
  • Made in the traditional Chablis style

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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