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Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard 2008

Member Review by innA:

The nose initially was quite restrained, but after opening up for a few hours it had a great smell of cherry and plum. The most amazing part is the mouth-feel, with a really fantastic texture and weight. Excellent wine and would no doubt improve after a few years.

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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

Member Reviews for Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard

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Snooth User: innA
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/17/2008

The nose initially was quite restrained, but after opening up for a few hours it had a great smell of cherry and plum. The most amazing part is the mouth-feel, with a really fantastic texture and weight. Excellent wine and would no doubt improve after a few years.


Snooth User: geneyus
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 12/29/2008

Medium bodied, which is rather surprising in a pinot, but I really love. Lots of red fruit but can detect bits of black. A versatile pinot since it has enough strength to pair with a nice prime rib but still retaining the delicacy to go with chicken or pork. That being said, it was excellent when I had it, but would probably be better if decanted for 1 to 2 hours, which is what I'm planning to do the next time I open a bottle.


Snooth User: rzakharov
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 07/22/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/28/2010

The storms that hit Marlborough in April 2008 headed off to sea, missing Martinborough. So winemaker Adrian Baker says there was no rain pressure during harvest at Craggy Range, where the 2008 ripened to rich passion fruit flavors. Baker allowed a th... Wine & Spirits. A Sauvignon Blanc wine from Wairarapa in New Zealand. 2008 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2006 04/09/2008

A beautiful, velvety Pinot Noir with plum, cherry, and lots of oak. This is a highly allocated item, so grab a bottle while it lasts.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewRated 94 HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDA velvet caress, with effusive spice box, generous cedary oak, black cherry, black pepper and ripe plum nuances. Fruit concentration blossoms through the finish, with crushed stone notes and round, supple tannins. Additional bottle age will integrate the oak. Drink now through 2011.Wine Tasting NotesCraggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir is highly colored, with youthful purple highlights. The complex aromas of black cherries, dark stone fruit and sweet herbs are offset by notes of forest, spice and nutty oak. These are confirmed on the palate, with classic varietal cherry and blackberry flavors and nuances of spice, herbs and vanilla. The texture is sensuous and the structure velvety, with extended length and refined power.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2006 01/16/2009

Refined, with excellent intensity to spice, berry, black cherry and rose petal accents. Fresh herb undertones, minerals and nicely integrated oak underscore the intense finish. Drink now through 2011. 1,725 cases imported. -DS Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from in New Zealand. 2006 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 750ml



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Alcohol: 13.2%

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