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Craggy Range Pinot Noir Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine 2011

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

A deft touch of wood sets off the reserved but ripe cool and airy aromas of dark orchard fruit plum liqueur and soft floral aromas. There is excellent volume to the attractively textured and admirably well-concentrated flavors that possess firm but integrated tannins on the impressively long and built-to-age finish. Good stuff here and well worth considering. 2018+ Burghound.

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Varietal: Pinot Noir
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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 Pinot Noir Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/20/2014

A deft touch of wood sets off the reserved but ripe cool and airy aromas of dark orchard fruit plum liqueur and soft floral aromas. There is excellent volume to the attractively textured and admirably well-concentrated flavors that possess firm but integrated tannins on the impressively long and built-to-age finish. Good stuff here and well worth considering. 2018+ Burghound.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/20/2014

Medium ruby-purple in color the 2011 Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir has a pretty cherry red berry and lavender nose scented by some underbrush and toast. Medium-bodied the good core of fruit is framed with crisp acid and low to medium levels of very finely grained tannins before finishing long. Drink it now to 2017. 92+ -Lisa Perrotti-Brown Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

Good full bright red. Smoky slightly reduced aromas of red cherry strawberry raspberry and underbrush. Rich pliant and broad but with good energy to the soil-driven flavors of sweet red fruits rose petal and smoky underbrush. Finishes tactile saline and long with smooth tannins and subtle floral lift. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

The classy 2010 vintage of this Martinborough red was hand-harvested fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for over a year in French oak barriques. Deeply coloured with a fragrant spicy smoky bouquet it is sturdy rich savoury and complex with densely packed cherry plum spice and nut flavours ripe and finely textured. Still very youthful it should be long-lived.--Michael Cooper 5 out of 5 stars Michael Cooper.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

Craggy s Pinot style has been trending away from overt fruitiness and toward this sort of complex umamifest of meat parsnip and mushroom with just enough black cherry fruit to support all of these components. This 2010 has a firmly structured core surrounded by plush tannins and ample length on the finish. Drink now-2023. Wine Enthusiast.




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