Craggy Range Le Sol 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.
Headed by Chief Winemaker Matt Stafford, awarded the Air New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year Award in 2007, the reputation of Craggy Range’s wine portfolio is synonymous with quality and attention to detail. The winery has received a number of internationally recognised awards including Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards - New World Winery of the Year in 2014. It was also awarded the most popular New Zealand Wine by US Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Le sol translated from French means ‘the soil’, appropriate when one considers the significant impact the stony soils of our Gimblett Gravels Vineyard have on our wine called "Le Sol". They keep the growth and crop of these old clone Syrah vines in check and provide warmth in the autumn, all critical factors in developing the enormous character and presence this wine has. Traditionally made, heady aromas, luscious yet classical texture. "Le Sol" is all at once luscious, elegant and exuberant – and in a very short time it has shown the breeding of Syrah in the Gimblett Gravels.
From an outstanding vintage this 100% Syrah from their Gimblett Gravels vineyard is formidable and completely delicious, combining fruit power and stylish elegance. Aromas of Black Doris plum, mixed spice, cedar, black olive and floral on the nose. It is concentrated and dense, yet silky and flowing, offering impressive fruit richness and texture, leading to an extremely long finish. The wine is firmly structured by sturdy tannins, ensuring its gradual development. Rating: 99 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
Deeply scented Syrah with plum, dark berry, chocolate, liquorice, coffee, mocha, black pepper and subtle violet flavours. A vibrant, high energy wine that’s delicious to drink now but promises to deliver much more with bottle age. Rating: 5 Stars, 97 Points; Bob Campbell MW
the palate exudes refinement, possessing a tight core of sweetly ripe black berried and plum fruits with liquorice and subtly integrated notes of black pepper and Asian spices. This has a very fine-grained and tightly concentrated core, and the wine flows seamlessly with satiny tannins and lacy, underlying acidity providing gentle tension and drive. As the wine flows, waves of violet florals and exotic spices emerge and are carried to a very long and sustained finish of fine, flowery textures and sweet black fruits and spices. This is a beautifully elegant, seamlessly refined, rich Syrah with a sweetly concentrated core and layers of fine spice and exotic detail. Rating: 19.5/20; Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Tight, intense, coiled Syrah. Pepper and woodsmoke to the gills and boasting an appropriate complement of concentrated black cherried fruit too. Nutty. Smoky. Bold, particularly in a regional context. A wide, dominating sweep of tannin. This is a wine with a 1000 mile stare; it has the long term on its mind. It’s not hard to be enamoured. Rating: 95+ Points, Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front. Rating: 5 Stars, 97 Points; Bob Campbell MW
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