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Craggy Range Te Kahu Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay 2011

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From a family owned winery in the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand, Te Kahu is a true Bordeaux blend. The grapes are all sourced from their Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, so named for the gravelly soil, similar to that found in Graves Bordeaux or the Southern Rhone. The Wine Advocate scored this ripe beauty 92+ points saying "The 2008 Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard is a blend of 64% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Malbec matured in 48% new oak for 18 months. It has an introverted bouquet with blackberry leaf, cassis, damson, vanilla and a touch of blueberry that unfurls nicely in the glass. The palate is tannic and very well defined, a captivating symmetry here with an irresistible velvety finish that lingers long after the wine has bid adieu. Although it already shows considerable breeding, it will offer more later. Drink 2014-2022+." Limited!

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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 Te Kahu Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay

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Vintage: 2008 03/22/2012

From a family owned winery in the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand, Te Kahu is a true Bordeaux blend. The grapes are all sourced from their Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, so named for the gravelly soil, similar to that found in Graves Bordeaux or the Southern Rhone. The Wine Advocate scored this ripe beauty 92+ points saying "The 2008 Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard is a blend of 64% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Malbec matured in 48% new oak for 18 months. It has an introverted bouquet with blackberry leaf, cassis, damson, vanilla and a touch of blueberry that unfurls nicely in the glass. The palate is tannic and very well defined, a captivating symmetry here with an irresistible velvety finish that lingers long after the wine has bid adieu. Although it already shows considerable breeding, it will offer more later. Drink 2014-2022+." Limited!


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Vintage: 2007 05/07/2010

From a family owned winery in the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand, Te Kahu is a true Bordeaux blend of all five varietals. The blend is 54% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot aged in new French oak barrels. The grapes are all sourced from their Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, so named for the gravelly soil, similar to that found in Graves Bordeaux or the Southern Rhone. The Wine Advocate scored this ripe beauty 92 points saying “The 2007 Te Kahu Proprietary Red, a Bordeaux blend matured in new French barriques, has a deep dark chocolate-scented nose with dark cherry, Doris plum, cedar and a touch of freshly rolled tobacco. Good definition. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, great depth, a little furry at the moment with mouth-coating black fruits. Smooth and focused, primal and sensuous on the finish with a slight bitter cherry edge. Broody but it draws you in.” Very Limited.



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