Craggy Range SV Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2014 – $$
I reckon that the 2014 vintage in the Bay was just as good for Chardonnay as the much-heralded 2013 vintage. And this wine is a good reference point for that claim.
Medium brilliant straw colour. 13% alc. From Te Awanga near Cape Kidnappers.
Toasty oak and mealy aromas. Ripe golden stonefruit. Good density. Elegance and lightness of touch.
Plenty of ripe fruit flavours, extract and sweetness on entry. The citrus freshness you need to see in a good modern oaked Chardonnay is balanced and provides the necessary structure on the mid-palate to avoid flabbiness and bland-ness. Good length in the finish, and no bitterness that might indicate a lack of extract. A delicious and rewarding drop.