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Craggy Range Sophia Gimblet Gravels Vineyard Hawke's Bay 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Mineral and black currant greet the nose, followed by notes of sweet violets, cocoa, and burnt sugar oak spice. On the palate this is very ripe and rich, with a core of dense cassis fruit. While large-scaled, the balance here is very fine, with tannins that are slightly austere yet remain mostly shielded by the fruit’s density, giving this a crisp snap on the rather long finish that continues delivering fruit, spice and mineral notes right to the floral finale. 92pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Craggy Range Sophia Gimblet Gravels Vineyard Hawke's Bay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/09/2010

Mineral and black currant greet the nose, followed by notes of sweet violets, cocoa, and burnt sugar oak spice. On the palate this is very ripe and rich, with a core of dense cassis fruit. While large-scaled, the balance here is very fine, with tannins that are slightly austere yet remain mostly shielded by the fruit’s density, giving this a crisp snap on the rather long finish that continues delivering fruit, spice and mineral notes right to the floral finale. 92pts


Member Reviews for Craggy Range Sophia Gimblet Gravels Vineyard Hawke's Bay

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Snooth User: Kevs
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 07/17/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Kelly Boyle
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 02/01/2011

Fantastic wine from one of the greatest winemakers in the world. Craggy Range only produces single vineyard wines which is unique for New Zealand. I love everything they produce.


Snooth User: Chris A82
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Vintage: 2002 08/28/2007

Four glasses


External Reviews for Craggy Range Sophia Gimblet Gravels Vineyard Hawke's Bay

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Vintage: 2006 02/24/2010

Craggy Range Sophia 2006: empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (19 Monate), lagerfähig 10 - 15 Jahre ab Jahrgang,Jahrgang: 2006Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Hawkes BayWeingut: Craggy RangeRebsorte: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% MalbecRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: 5,75 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.14 Rotwein


External Review
Vintage: 2005 09/02/2010

Very dark colour. Blackberry, cinnamon, sandalwood and oystershell like minerality mesh for an intense and complex aromaticprofi le. Layers of fi ne tannin lend tension to the opulent fruitflavours and provide the framework for the long and intensefinish.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 02/24/2010

Craggy Range Sophia 2005: empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (19 Monate), lagerfähig 10 - 15 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2005Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Hawkes BayWeingut: Craggy RangeRebsorte: 62% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet SauvignonRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: 6 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.14 Rotwein



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Dark garnet coloured core with vivid crimson hues. Unctuous blackberry fruit is sprinkled with dried herb notes of wild thyme and rosemary plus a hint of vanilla. Layers of dusty fine tannin provide a savoury impression to match the currant flavours and long spicy finish.

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.4% pH: 3.61
Sugar: 2 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.7 grams per liter

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