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Craggy Range Chardonnay Hawkes Bay "Kidnappers Vineyard" 2010

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The cool yet sunny environment of the Te Awanga Vineyard near Cape Kidnappers allows the development of intense Chardonnay flavors, captured using traditional winemaking techniques seen in the Chablis region of France. A modern, New World expression of pure Chardonnay. Lemon zest, toasted almond, flint and chalk dust aromas meld for an enticing bouquet. The palate displays a tension and balance between the juicy, zesty core and the coastal infused acidity and freshness. Food Match: Aperitif or subtle fish dishes Cellaring: Up to 7 years from vintage

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Varietal: Chardonnay
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Craggy Range Vineyards Ltd:
t is a philosophy like no other. To select and source the very best vineyards in the country, plant them with only the vines that are perfectly suited to that terroir. Bottle them all as single estate wines. This simple philosophy, to make wines that speak more of where they come from than any other, is what drives their entire systems of farming and winemaking. Craggy Range has the opportunit... Read more
t is a philosophy like no other. To select and source the very best vineyards in the country, plant them with only the vines that are perfectly suited to that terroir. Bottle them all as single estate wines. This simple philosophy, to make wines that speak more of where they come from than any other, is what drives their entire systems of farming and winemaking. Craggy Range has the opportunity to craft a wine business exactly the way it wants to, making the most of 150 years of pioneering winemaking in New Zealand. To some New Zealand means cool climate winegrowing, but in reality it is much more diverse. In the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District in Hawkes Bay, Craggy Range has 100 hectares that were destined to be that quarry. These stony soils located on the same latitude as Madrid, away from the cooling breeze of the South Pacific, create a warm environment, the only part of the country that is as warm and dry as the great French regions of Bordeaux and Hermitage. Not surprisingly it is here they grow Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. And in the middle latitudes, around 40, are what Craggy Range calls the famous “warm-cool” regions of Martinborough, Marlborough, and Nelson. In Martinborough Craggy Range has a spectacular vineyard on Te Muna Road, the home to the majority of its Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc vines, each planted on their own special type of different rocky soil. In the South Island, great farmers in Marlborough and Nelson provide Craggy Range with the best Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling these regions can produce. The “genuinely cool” climate jewel of New Zealand is the Bannockburn region of Central Otago where Craggy Range has a small Pinot Noir parcel that will rival in quality the wines from their Te Muna Road Vineyard in Martinborough. In the Waitaki Valley Craggy Range is pioneering a new cool climate region with plantings of Pinot Gris in limestone rich alluvial soils. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Craggy Range Chardonnay Hawkes Bay "Kidnappers Vineyard"

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,030
3.50 5
02/28/2012

This seems almost a touch malty on the nose with clean, leesy notes accenting pear and lemon oil fruit. On the palate this is light, fresh and juicy. Dances across the tongue with succulent acids lending a clean, snappy feel to the green apple and lime fruit. A bit of stony minerality lurk under under-ripe apricot fruit and lime zest flavors on the long finish. Snappy and stuffy. 88pts


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Snooth User: EMark
8478049,221
3.50 5
10/02/2011

Very interesting wine. Nice clear yellow. Somewhat florid bouquet. Very dry and refreshing. (You'll not get any oak splinters from this one.) Lot's of citrus flavor with its associated acid (Something I often find in NZ SBs.), which I like but some might find off-putting. (The Mrs. felt there was a background of citrus pulp that provided a bitter tastes.) We had this with a roasted chicken, last night, but I think it would be better with seafood, especially something like boiled (or, even, raw) shellfish. US$16.99.


Snooth User: TheKozars
890635594
3.50 5
01/02/2012

Fantastic Chardonnay. Not too dry, not too fruity. Light and fresh. $22 C


Snooth User: Brandie Elizaitis
1136070124
2.50 5
09/18/2012

Craggy Range Chardonnay Single Vineyard Kidnappers Vineyard 2010 Appearance: Clarity - Clear Intensity - Pale Color - Lemon Green Nose: Clean, no faults Intensity - Medium - Aroma - Fruit (green apple, lemon rind) Palate: Dry, medium + acidity Light body, medium alcohol, medium finish Unoaked Good quality, ready to drink now. Screwcap/will not improve with age, drink now New Zealand Chardonnay Single vineyard Mid-range price - $22 AbV - 13.5 %


External Reviews for Craggy Range Chardonnay Hawkes Bay "Kidnappers Vineyard"

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Source: NapaCabs.com
12/02/2011

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.


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Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
02/06/2013

An elegant style, deftly balanced, with refined pear and lime on a satiny frame. Lingers effortlessly. Drink now through 2014. 2,200 cases imported.



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The cool yet sunny environment of the Te Awanga Vineyard near Cape Kidnappers allows the development of intense Chardonnay flavors, captured using traditional winemaking techniques seen in the Chablis region of France. A modern, New World expression of pure Chardonnay. Lemon zest, toasted almond, flint and chalk dust aromas meld for an enticing bouquet. The palate displays a tension and balance between the juicy, zesty core and the coastal infused acidity and freshness. Food Match: Aperitif or subtle fish dishes Cellaring: Up to 7 years from vintage

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