Chardonnay

2016 - Kidnappers Vineyard
Hawke's Bay

Chardonnay

2016 - Kidnappers Vineyard , Hawke's Bay

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.

$28.95

Cancel If you place your order between the 21st December 2017 and 8th January 2018 your order will not be dispatched until 9th January 2018 - this is due to our warehouse being closed for the Christmas period. We are apologising for the inconvenience.

$28.95

Cancel If you place your order between the 21st December 2017 and 8th January 2018 your order will not be dispatched until 9th January 2018 - this is due to our warehouse being closed for the Christmas period. We are apologising for the inconvenience.

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.

A unique expressive Chardonnay

A unique expressive Chardonnay

The shallow, warm clay loam soils and careful selection of clones in this environment allows the development of pure, cool Chardonnay flavours.

About

92 Points

"There’s a lot of freshness and complexity here. It has elegance and brightness."

Jamie Goode

January 2017

91 Points

"Steely stonefruit flavours run through the palate with just the slightest hints of both sage and buttered toast. It’s a good wine."

Campbell Mattinson, WineFront

February 2017

94 Points

"A serious wine, dry, balanced and lengthy."

Cameron Douglas, MS

October 2017

2016

Pale lemon straw with faint green hue. Beautifully fragrant nose of white peach, apple, lime blossom and a distinctive saline note. A lovely flow of medium weight green/yellow fruits across the palate with well integrated subtle oak. An elegant fine wine of excellent length.

Fresh seafood

3-7 years from vintage

El Niño. Cool & wet start with a warm finish to summer.

54 hl/ha

85%

15%

French oak puncheons, French oak cuves & stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak puncheons

2015

Lemon straw with green hue. Lifted fragrant nose of citrus blossom, lime, apple and the sense of a stony seashore. Softly textured with layered fruit richness and elegant integration of subtle fine grained oak. A dry, salivating finish.

Fresh seafood

1-5 years from vintage

Warm and early, very good

56 hl/ha average

90%

10%

French oak puncheons, French oak cuves and stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak puncheons

2014

Apéritif and seafood

1-5 years from vintage

Warm and dry, very good

65 hl/ha

80%

20%

French oak puncheons, French oak cuves and stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak puncheons and cuves, 18% new barrel

2013

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.

Subtle seafood and shellfish dishes

1-5 years from vintage

Warm and dry, excellent

62 hl/ha

65%

65%

Stainless steel tanks and French oak puncheons and barriques

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 8% new barrel

2012

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.

Subtle seafood and shellfish dishes

1-5 years from vintage

Cool and wet, late ripening.

52 hl/ha

60%

60%

Stainless steel tanks and French oak puncheons and barriques

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 10% new barrel

2011

Very pale straw with pronounced green hues. A mineral infused nose characterised as chalk dust, flint, lemon and a hint of cream and almond. The palate has a racy presence with citrus fruits, chalky texture and balancing acidity. A long textural line through the palate allows this lithe Chardonnay to exhibit surprising length of flavor.

Aperitif or subtle fish dishes

5 years from vintage

Warm, La Niña Summer.

21.9 average

50 hl/ha

75%

75%

Stainless steel tanks and French oak puncheons and barriques

Indigenous and inoculated

French oak barriques, 12% new barrel

2010

Pale straw in colour streaked with youthful green hues. Lemon zest, toasted almond, flint and chalk dust aromas meld for an enticing bouquet. The palate displays the winemakers craft - that is the tension and balance between the juicy, zesty core and the coastal infused acidity and freshness.

Aperitif or subtle fish dishes

1-7 years from vintage

Cold, wet start followed by dry but cooler conditions.

23 average

50 hl/ha

75%

75%

Stainless steel tanks and closed French oak cuves, puncheons and barriques

Indigenous and inoculated

French oak barriques, 8% new barrel

2009

A pale straw colour streaked with vivid green hues. Piercing crystalline lemon and lime fruit combine with notes of acacia, nutmeg and chalk dust. On the palate the taut racy structure is filled with rock melon, mineral and Provencal herb characters. This medium weight, bony textured wine has a surprising length of flavor.

Shellfish

4 years from vintage

Sunny and warm, outstanding.

22.3 average

32 hl/ha

100%

100%

Stainless steel tanks and closed French oak cuves, puncheons and barriques

Indigenous and inoculated

French oak barriques and puncheons, 9% new barrel

2008

A pale straw colour with vivid green hues. Gunflint, almond and lemon zest characterise the aroma. The wine has a steely edged structure and the mid-palate is filled with white peach and oyster-shell flavours. It draws into a long, spicy finish.

Seafood and aperitif

5 years from vintage

Classic

22.7 average

44 hl/ha

100%

100%

Stainless steel tanks, French oak cuves and puncheons

Indigenous and inoculated

French oak barriques, 10% new barrel

2007

Pale straw colour with faint green hues. Lemon, cream, floral and nut characters blend on the nose to form a complex bouquet. The palate is tightly structured with firm acidity and a grainy texture with flavours of white peach, flowers and a hint of roasted nuts.

Seafood and aperitif

5 years from vintage

Classic

24.1 average

40 hl/ha

100%

100%

Stainless steel tanks, French oak cuves and puncheons

Indigenous and inoculated

French oak barriques, 15% new barrel

2006

Pure, pristine aromas and flavours of coastal grown Hawke's Bay Chardonnay. White flowers, fresh straw, pear drop, freshly picked pineapple, lemon and white peach that are rich and generous early on the palate, but are reigned in with a dry, grainy, slightly nutty texture, great length and fresh acidity.

Seafood

3-5 years from vintage

Warm, classic, low yielding.

22 average

14 hl/ha

100%

100%

French oak cuves and barriques

Indigenous and inoculated

French oak barriques, 17% new barrel

KIDNAPPERS VINEYARD

KIDNAPPERS VINEYARD

Hawke's Bay

39° 37' 38.9"S

176° 57' 24.5"E

Our Kidnappers Vineyard is strategically located beneath Cape Kidnappers on the Hawkes Bay coastline at Te Awanga where the spring and autumns are warm and sunny and the summer is tempered by the cooling sea breeze.