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 hue. Lifted aromatics of honeysuckle, lemon zest and toasted almond. Finely structured on the palate with subtle fresh flavours of grapefruit, white peach, wet stone and a mouthwatering salty/briny character on the finish.

  • Warm and dry, excellent

    Production level: 62 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 65%


    Whole bunch:  65%    
    Destemmed:  35%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Stainless steel tanks and French oak puncheons and barriques
    Fermentation:    Inoculated
    Barrel type:    French oak barriques 
    New barrel %:   8%   
    Maturation:  9 months  
    Fining:    Yes
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Feb-14


    Alcohol:    13
    Residual sugar:    Dry
    pH:    3.4
    Acidity: 5.7g/l

  • Date: February 2016
    Publication: Wine Genius
    92 Points
    "A tangy and acid driven cool climate Chardonnay with pure white peach, citrus and apple fruits plus some spicy oak. Elegant in style with some textural buttery richness finishing with freshness and length."

    Date: January 2016
    91+ Points
    "The 2013 Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay has a pronounced nose of apricots, pineapple and guava with hints of struck match and toast. It offers great concentration packed into a light to medium body, bursting with citrusy flavour and toasty nuances, and finishing long."

    - Lisa Perotti-Brown, MW