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Craggy Range Sophia Gimblett Gravels Proprietary Blend Wine 2011

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

A blended of Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot the 2011 Sophia is medium to deep garnet-purple color and presents a nose of warm cassis preserved plums and blackberry compote with hints of pencil shavings cinnamon toast plus a touch of Mediterranean herbs. Medium-bodied and tightly knit in the mouth it has a medium to firm level of chewy tannins and balanced acid framing the conservative fruit cone through a finish with good persistence. Drink it now to 2021+. 93

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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 Sophia Gimblett Gravels Proprietary Blend Wine

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

A blended of Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot the 2011 Sophia is medium to deep garnet-purple color and presents a nose of warm cassis preserved plums and blackberry compote with hints of pencil shavings cinnamon toast plus a touch of Mediterranean herbs. Medium-bodied and tightly knit in the mouth it has a medium to firm level of chewy tannins and balanced acid framing the conservative fruit cone through a finish with good persistence. Drink it now to 2021+. 93


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

63% Merlot 27% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Dense wine with hints of berry plum spice/anise/floral and oak. Powerful red that s hard to read at this stage but showing impressive potential. A backbone of fine dusty tannins restrain fruit flavours and lead to a drying finish. Bob Campbell MW.




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