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Based on the single vineyard philosophy of winemaking, Craggy Range was the first in the Southern Hemisphere to specialise in the production of single vineyard wines from the most prestigious winegrowing regions across New Zealand including Martinborough, Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough.

Aroha delivers an intriguing aromatic mix of wooden spices, dried herbs, dark red roses and dark cherries. Complex red and black fruits unfold on the palate with a dusting of lovely fine oak tannin and then fruit and stem tannin provides the structural backbone.  The fruit is grown on a slope of an elevated terrace of fertile land at the Te Muna Road vineyard where an ancient dried river bed delivered nutrient-rich soil producing a style reminiscent of Burgundy. The wine is handmade with passion and truly reflective of the love that has been invested in its making. Deep red in colour it is an intriguing aromatic representation of its unique terroir.

Representative of the new focus for the ‘Prestige’ ‘Aroha’ Pinot Noir, being based on a core of Abel clone consisting approx. one-third of the wine, the remainder being clone 114 and a mix from the remainder of ‘Block 16’ fruit. Very dark, deep and intense ruby-red colour. The bouquet is full and densely packed with an array of dark red berry fruits and florals, with savoury spices and subtle dark herb notes that gently fill the nose. Full-bodied, but retaining a sense of grace, this is gently packed with ripe and succulent red berry fruits, revealing soft and savoury floral, herb, spice and warm, earthy detail. The fruit is fleshy and succulent with excellent vibrancy, with good supporting acidity. The tannins are fine and firm, lending a sinewy line and drive under the fruit. The flavours flow effortless to a concentrated, rounded finish with sweet fruit and savoury, spicy detail. This is a lush and fleshy Pinot Noir with real interest that will unfold over the next 6-8+ years. 5 Stars: 19.0+/20 Raymond Chan


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