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.
Made from blocks 9, 10 and 16 using 60% whole-bunches in the ferment and with 14 months in barrel. Intense and utterly delicious pinot noir, with a haunting perfume and silky tannins. Plum and cherry interwoven with floral, violet and a subtle savoury character. Refined power. Date Tasted: Oct 2020; Rating: 98 Points; Bob Campbell MW; The Real Review
You’ll have to wait a few months for this Pinot Noir to be released, but its too good not to shout about now. Julian Grounds is a recent Australian import who’s already creating a stir. In recent years, Craggy hasn’t always hit the peaks of its promise, but this wine is really quite something. A beautiful, perfumed nose with lifted rose and violet that continues on the lithe, sinewy and incredibly lengthy palate. Not big, brash or showy, just effortlessly beautiful. Rating: 98 Points; Decanter Magazine Dec 2020
This has hit an impressive trajectory with very well-curated, fresh blueberry, red-cherry and black-cherry aromas, swathed in sweet baking spices and fresh-tilled earth. The palate has sleekly defined tannins, carrying intense, ripe blueberry and red-cherry flavors, amid deeply buried spice. Impressive, this is the finest Aroha to date. Drink or hold. Screw cap. Rating: 97 Points; Nick Stock for James Suckling
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