Craggy Range Aroha Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014
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.
Very pure, elegant Pinot Noir that delivers power with consummate subtlety. Red cherry, raspberry, violet and mineral underpinned by spicy French oak. A thoroughly seductive wine that can be appreciated now but has plenty of cellaring potential. Rating: 5 Stars, 98 Points; Bob Campbell MW
A compelling Pinot Noir from their Te Muna vineyard. It is gloriously complex and fragrant on the nose showing dark berry, aged game, nutmeg and floral characters with hints of dried herbs and cedar. The palate offers exceptional fruit concentration and weight, yet refined and elegant, and delivers silky texture and fine, delicately drying tannins. A lovely symphony of flavours, all contributing in harmony. Rating: 97 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
This is the best pinot Craggy Range has released to date. Looks lively and fresh with a wealth of cherry and purple berry fruits on the nose, a lick of sappy bright berry fruits, the inclusion of whole bunches has added a layer of more fragrant and attractive perfume to this wine, the oak is assertive but settled into stride, there’s plenty to like here. The palate has an innate sense of lightness with concentrated flavours, a stylish contrast of detail and light and shade, tannins are precisely defined and there’s a core of bright red cherry flavour that holds crunchy and fresh with a vibrant and energetic surge up through the finish. Rating: 96 Points; Nick Stock for James Suckling
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