2020 Craggy Range Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay
Craggy Range began with the desire to create a legacy. When Terry Peabody visited New Zealand in 1997 he was introduced to Steve Smith, MW. Terry sensed an exciting possibility in New Zealand; the exceptional climate and spirit of the people aligned with his own philosophy and desire to cut a new path. He wanted to create wines that would become internationally regarded as New World classics. The two men made an important decision from the beginning - to select and source the best land in the country, and to plant the vines perfectly suited to that soil and climate. The winery - one of the most technically advanced ever built in New Zealand - is known for uncompromising standards and meticulous craftsmanship.
What The Critics Say
Winemaker notes on current vintage
"Pale lime to pale straw. One of the best vintages of this vineyard in recent memory. Great complexity with nashi pear, roasted almonds but undeniable citrus tones of lemon zest. The palate is as compelling as it is fresh. Pithy grapefruit texture carries kafir lime leaf and freshly ground cashew notes across the mouth. Fantastic persistent acidity ensures that one reaches almost immediately for the second glass. Food Match: Comté cheese, truffle pasta, smashed pea-pesto on freshly toasted sourdough. Recommended Cellaring: 1 to 4 years from vintage.
94/100 Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier (2016 vintage)
"A serious wine, dry, balanced and lengthy."
95/100 Decanter (2015 vintage)
"Very attractive bouquet with a mix of sea air, pineapple and papaya. The palate follows through with citrus, then yellow fruits, with just enough nuanced oak to notice and carry the structure forward. Poised and very elegant."
|Maturity||2021 - 2024|
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