Craggy Range Chardonnay Hawkes Bay "Kidnappers Vineyard" 2010
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
Editorial Reviews for Craggy Range Chardonnay Hawkes Bay "Kidnappers Vineyard"
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
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.
Fantastic Chardonnay. Not too dry, not too fruity. Light and fresh. $22 C
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"
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.