The cool yet sunny environment of the Te Awanga Vineyard near Cape Kidnappers allows the development of intense Chardonnay flavors in the grapes, captured using traditional winemaking techniques seen in the Chablis region of France.
The Craggys have long worn their Gallic influences proudly. While the Kidnapper’s was fashioned to be more akin to a Chablis, the fruit was nurtured in Hawkes Bay, one of our warmer wine regions, so there is a fair amount of fruit ripeness that can only be attributable to New Zealand conditions. Lacking any serious oak influence though, it is deliciously lean, pure and precise.
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.