Chardonnay, Kidnappers Vineyard

Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay
A modern, New World expression of pure Chardonnay.

The cool yet sunny environment of our Te Awanga Vineyard near Cape Kidnappers allows the development of intense Chardonnay flavours in the grapes, captured using traditional winemaking techniques seen in the Chablis region of France.

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  • Pale golden straw with green hues. Subdued aromatics of manuka honey, lemon and wet stone. The palate is taut and textural with a phenolic backbone providing length to the sweet citrus and melon fruits.

  • Cool and wet, late ripening

    Production level: 52 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 60%

  • Whole bunch:  60%    
    Destemmed:  40%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Stainless steel tanks and French oak puncheons and barriques
    Fermentation:    Inoculated
    Barrel type:    French oak barriques and puncheons
    New barrel %:   10%   
    Maturation:  9 months  
    Fining:    Yes
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Jan-13


    Alcohol:    12.12
    Residual sugar:    Dry
    pH:    3.3
    Acidity: 5.5g/l

  • Date: April 2014
    Wine Spectator
    88 Points
    "Delivers a laser beam of sleek, crisp lemon, lime and green apple flavours, with a slate-accented minerality and echoes of white flowers in the background. Juicy finish."
    -  Mary-Ann Worobiec

    Date: October 2013
    88 Points
    "The 2012 Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay opens with a nose of white peaches, pears and lemon curd with touches of scones and clotted cream. Light-bodied and restrained on the youthful palate, it is elegantly styled through the medium to long, creamy finsih."
    -  Lisa Perrotti- Brown

    Date: October 2013
    "Stylish and restrained, the delicately complex bouquet shows white stone fruit, citrus, oatmeal and subtle vanillin oak aromas. It's ripe and focused on the palate with fine texture and refreshing acidity. The finish is linear, elegant and very long."
    -  Sam Kim

    Date: September 2013
    Publication: Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
    4 Stars, 17.5 Points
    "Fine and aromatic bouquet of white stonefruits and florals, unfolding nuances of nuts, butterscotch and fresh, stely elements providing a freshness and purity."
    - Raymond Chan