Kidnapper Cliffs – Taking Te Awa Beyond the Boundary

With the acquisition of Dry River followed by Te Awa, legendary hedge fund manager and philanthropist Julian Robertson has ensured that his vinous investments in New Zealand have moved towards fulfilling their potential. Dry River was always near the top of its game, and is now even more so. Attention thus centred on Te Awa, with prime vineyard holdings in the Gimblett Gravels, which produced outstanding wine, but not with the consistency it may have. Robertson's Kidnapper Cliffs project is based on 17 ha of the best of the oldest Te Awa plantings, and takes the wine from the fruit to new heights. From the initial 2007 vintage, the red wines show exquisitely ripened fruit with consummate tannin management as their commonality. The 2007 and 2008 wines were made at Dry River. The stunning 2009s, made on site at Te Awa, are the result of major input of Te Awa winemaker Ant Mackenzie and his assistant Cam McInnes, combined with a truly great Hawke's Bay vintage, and the superb foundation set by Neil McCallum and Poppy Hammond of Dry River. The Kidnapper Cliffs wines can be counted among the most exciting made in New Zealand. www.kidnappercliffs.com

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