Fermentation took place in French oak and stainless steel vats.
Maturation was for 9 months in French oak barriques of which 10% was new. Only French oak from the Troncais, Allier and Vosges forests.
Cellaring potential 1 - 5years
The average age of the vines is 8 years with an average yield of 52 hl/ha.
Part harvested by hand 60%.
The soil is a composition of shallow clay and loam. This site is 7 metres above sea level.
The 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. The shallow, warm clay loam soils and careful selection of clones in this environment allows the development of very pure, cool Chardonnay flavours in the grapes. These are best expressed in the Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay, which is inspired by the great wines of Chablis.
The vines are managed in balance with their environment in a system of sustainable ecological viticulture. Pruning, removal of excess shoots and foliage, thinning and arranging developing shoots into supporting wires are all done by hand.
Pale golden straw dry white wine 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.
Aperitifs, - Seafood - Salads
Bin No.: 1500
Country: New Zealand
Region: Hawkes Bay, North Island, Region:Te Awanga Winegrowing District