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.
Once known as the “block 14” syrah, the Gimblett Gravels Syrah is now a wine made using multiple parcels from the vineyard. The blending of these different parcels combine to create a wine that is truly distinct and appealing. The vines originate from a Heritage clone of Syrah brought to New Zealand approximately 150 years ago. It produces a wine with an aromatic lift of floral and pepper aromatics and a lushness and denseness on the palate combined with fresh and fine natural acidity.
The quality and execution of this Syrah at this price point is exceptional value. Concentrated aromas of dark fruits and wild lavender, a generous depth and silky texture with just the right amount of peppery spice. Rating: 19.0/20.0; Melanie Brown; Decanter
Very full, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a tightly concentrated and intense, deep nose of ripe black berried fruits infused with black pepper, ink and an amalgam of minerals, tar and spicy oak. With aeration, black and violet florals blossom to lift the aromatics. Medium-bodied, the palate features a tight core of black fruits and black pepper lifted by violet floral notes. Earth, minerals and spicy oak elements add complexing detail. The fruit is guided by refined, flowery, supple tannins and a satin-like structure, and soft acidity enhances the balance. As the wine flows, waves of black pepper, Asian spices and oak unfold, leading to a fine-textured, dry, long-lingering finish. This is a refined, black-fruited, spicy Syrah with concentration and satiny textures. Rating: 19.0-/20; Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
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