Kidnapper Cliffs 2011 Spring Release

Kidnapper Cliffs is a premium wine label of owner Julian Robertson that is a special combination of selected vineyard parcels from Te Awa's terroir, and the meticulous vineyard management and winemaking as practiced by Dry River. The 17 ha of vineyards dedicated to the brand have become something special for the combined team led by Ant Mackenzie. I was particularly impressed with 2009 Bordeaux-styled reds released in autumn earlier this year, and the 2011 Spring Release wines reviewed here showcase the 2010 vintage, a cooler year, but one where the team had gained greater understanding of the fruit and growing sites, and where they exercised greater control in the vineyard. www.kidnappercliffs.com

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