Shows lemon zest, almond, and mineral aromas and flavors, with a coastal acidity and freshness. This medium-weight, textured wine has a remarkable length of flavor.
Vinous 87 points - Light, bright yellow. Tropical fruits, cantaloupe, smoky vanillin oak and a note of char on the nose, lifted by soft citrus and spice notes. Moderately ripe and dry, with a somewhat pinched quality to the tropical fruit and fresh herb flavors. Not quite filled in. Tails off on the back end. -- Stephen Tanzer (Sep 2013)
The cool but sunny environment of the Kidnappers Vineyard near Hawkes Bay and its shallow, warm clay loam soils allow the development of intense Chardonnay flavors in the grapes, which are captured using the traditional winemaking techniques of the Chablis region of France. Grapes are hand harvested and whole-bunch pressed before undergoing fermentation in stainless steel, closed oak tanks and new French oak puncheons. The wine is matured on the lees in oak barrels before bottling.
|A delicious companion to a variety of shellfish dishes.
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