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Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Sophia 2009

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

A Syrah wine from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. 2009 Craggy Range Le Sol Gimblett Gravels 750ml

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Craggy Range Vineyards Ltd:
t is a philosophy like no other. To select and source the very best vineyards in the country, plant them with only the vines that are perfectly suited to that terroir. Bottle them all as single estate wines. This simple philosophy, to make wines that speak more of where they come from than any other, is what drives their entire systems of farming and winemaking. Craggy Range has the opportunit... Read more
t is a philosophy like no other. To select and source the very best vineyards in the country, plant them with only the vines that are perfectly suited to that terroir. Bottle them all as single estate wines. This simple philosophy, to make wines that speak more of where they come from than any other, is what drives their entire systems of farming and winemaking. Craggy Range has the opportunity to craft a wine business exactly the way it wants to, making the most of 150 years of pioneering winemaking in New Zealand. To some New Zealand means cool climate winegrowing, but in reality it is much more diverse. In the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District in Hawkes Bay, Craggy Range has 100 hectares that were destined to be that quarry. These stony soils located on the same latitude as Madrid, away from the cooling breeze of the South Pacific, create a warm environment, the only part of the country that is as warm and dry as the great French regions of Bordeaux and Hermitage. Not surprisingly it is here they grow Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. And in the middle latitudes, around 40, are what Craggy Range calls the famous “warm-cool” regions of Martinborough, Marlborough, and Nelson. In Martinborough Craggy Range has a spectacular vineyard on Te Muna Road, the home to the majority of its Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc vines, each planted on their own special type of different rocky soil. In the South Island, great farmers in Marlborough and Nelson provide Craggy Range with the best Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling these regions can produce. The “genuinely cool” climate jewel of New Zealand is the Bannockburn region of Central Otago where Craggy Range has a small Pinot Noir parcel that will rival in quality the wines from their Te Muna Road Vineyard in Martinborough. In the Waitaki Valley Craggy Range is pioneering a new cool climate region with plantings of Pinot Gris in limestone rich alluvial soils. Read less

External Reviews for Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Sophia

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/19/2011

A Syrah wine from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. 2009 Craggy Range Le Sol Gimblett Gravels 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/17/2012

The 2009 edition of Le Sol syrah is a far less overt, flashy wine than some of the releases of the past. It's tight and controlled with flashes of white peppery spice amid blueberried and black cherry-like fruit flavour. There's a clip of cedary, smo... Wine Front. A Syrah wine from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. 2009 Craggy Range Le Sol Gimblett Gravels 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/19/2011

A Proprietary Blend wine from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. 2009 Craggy Range Sophia Gimblett Gravels 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/20/2011

Big wine with impressively intense fruit but beautifully structured with a silken texture. Lots of flavors happening here with layers and layers of ripe berry, spice and subtle floral and savoury notes. This is the best Le Sol yet. (no Viognier - it... Bob Campbell, MW. A Syrah wine from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. 2009 Craggy Range Le Sol Gimblett Gravels 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/20/2011

60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Big, ripe plum flavors with toasty oak and hints of spice, blackcurrant and florals on the finish. Seamless and rich. Approachable with soft, ripe tannins and plenty of fleshy fruit but should age. Bob Campbell, MW. A Proprietary Blend wine from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. 2009 Craggy Range Sophia Gimblett Gravels 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/09/2012

What a gorgeous Syrah this is. New Zealand's finest? Quite possibly. It is taciturn at first, so I give it an hour in the decanter and boy, does it repay you. Pure blackcurrant, cassis and boysenberry on the nose that seems to have sculpted by winema... Neal Martins Wine Journal. A Syrah wine from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. 2009 Craggy Range Le Sol Gimblett Gravels 750ml




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