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Craggy Range Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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Our Kidnappers Vineyard is strategically located right 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 flavors in the grapes. These are best expressed in the single vineyard Chardonnay we produce from this vineyard which is inspired by the great wines of Chablis. Having said that, our Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay is its own modern New World expression of pure, unadulterated, pristine Chardonnay grapes from Te Awanga.

A pale straw color with vivid green hues. Gunflint, almond and lemon zest characterize the aroma. The wine has a steely edged structure and the mid-palate is filled with white peach and oyster-shell flavors. It draws into a long, spicy finish

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Wine Spectator
An elegant style, deftly balanced, with refined pear and lime on a satiny frame. Lingers effortlessly.
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Craggy Range Winery

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Craggy Range Winery, , New Zealand
Craggy Range
Craggy Range is a family owned winery established in 1997 named by U.S publication Wine Enthusiast magazine as New World Winery of the Year for 2014. It is situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak in the premium wine growing area of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Based on the single vineyard philosophy of winemaking, Craggy Range was the first in the Southern Hemisphere to make single vineyard wines from multiple New Zealand regions with grape varieties matched to place. The winery produces a portfolio of quality wines including the iconic Prestige and Family collections, as well as Limited Editions all reflecting the place and the people.

The grapes, grown in exceptional winery-owned New Zealand estate vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough and Marlborough, are selected for their special soils and unique climates producing wines of character, quality and authority. The architecturally inspired Giants winery complex and vineyard is also home to the Craggy Range Cellar Door and the award winning restaurant Terroir at Craggy Range. Nestled amongst the vines, the four Craggy Range Vineyard Cottages offer self-contained boutique accommodation.

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Responsible for some of Washington’s most highly acclaimed wines, the Walla Walla Valley has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. It is home to both historic wineries and younger, up-and-coming producers. Though it is cooler and wetter than most of Washington State’s viticultural areas, irrigation from the Columbia River is still common, though some vineyards on the rainier eastern end of the AVA are able to dry farm.

The conditions in the Walla Walla Valley are perfectly suited to Rhône-inspired Syrahs, distinguished by savory notes of black olives, smoke, bacon fat, and fresh earth. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are produced in a range of styles from smooth and supple to tannic and structured. White varieties are a relative rarity here. Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes blended with Sémillon in the style of Bordeaux white blends, resulting in a richer, rounder version take on the variety. Plantings of Viognier are minimal, but often quite successful.

CGM7349_2008 Item# 103047

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