What’s in the glass tonight March 11th

Craggy Range Kidnappers Chard 2013

Craggy Range Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2013 – $$

Craggy Range is a family-owned producer specialising in making single-vineyard wines.

This wine is grown at Te Awanga near Cape Kidnappers in Hawkes Bay. The headland was named after an attempt by local Māori to abduct the servant of a member of Captain Cook’s crew aboard HMS Endeavour, during a landfall there on 15 October 1769. The crew member was Tiata, a Tahitian accompanying Cook’s interpreter Tupaia. Cook’s journal states that Tiata was in the water near Endeavour when a Māori fishing boat pulled alongside and dragged him aboard. Sailors from Endeavour′s deck immediately opened fire on the fishing boat, killing two Māori and wounding a third. Tiata promptly jumped overboard and swam back to Endeavour, while the remaining Māori paddled their craft back to shore. A 4-pounder cannon was fired after them from Endeavour′s quarterdeck, but the Māori boat was soon out of range. Cook described the cape as having steep white cliffs on either side, with two large rocks resembling hay stacks near the headland. (From Wikipedia)

The wine is a pale straw colour. 13%. Clean, dense stonefruit on the nose. Pinenuts and vanilla.

Pure chardonnay to taste. Great balance between ripe fruit flavours and oak. Lovely citrus zest with a rich and smooth mouthfeel. Real concentration and depth and finish.

A very correct Chardonnay. Delicious.


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