Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Syrah 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.
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.
Following the outstanding 2013 wine, this is another formidable offering, exhibiting blackberry, raspberry, clove and black olive notes with subtle infusion of cedary oak. The palate is ripe, weighty and smooth, and delivers layers of rich texture and attractive flavours. A wonderfully composed syrah showing fruit power as well as refined style. At its best: 2017 to 2024. Rating: 95 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
Palate is sweetly full with deep and finely concentrated flavours of ripe black berries and plums, blue fruits, unfolding notes of black pepper, spices, herbs and violet florals. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction and integrated acidity lending good linearity. The wine leads to an elegant, lingering finish with nuances of black fruits, spices and pepper. This is a concentrated, sweetly ripe Syrah with black and blue fruits, and a very fine-grained structure. Rating: 18.5/20; Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
This label is overshadowed by the reputation of its stablemate, Le Sol, but proves the power, structure and finesse that can be achieved with Syrah grown in the Gimblett Gravels of Hawke's Bay....Dark and purple-flushed, it is mouth-filling, with concentrated, ripe plum and black pepper flavours, a hint of dark chocolate, and a long, spicy finish. Rating: 18.5/20; Michael Cooper
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