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.
Sophia’, meaning ‘wisdom’ in Greek mythology, pays tribute to the goddess of knowledge and experience, information and understanding, a philosophy adopted by our winemakers and viticulturists when creating this wine. A refined and elegant hand-crafted Merlot dominant blend that represents both the vigneron’s art and inherent understanding of the land ensuring ‘Sophia’ is the finest expression of the terroir and the people. Darkest red. Brooding aromatically with blackcurrant, blackberry, dried red rose and cedar notes emerging. The wine exerts elegance across the palate with a pure red /black fruit core drawn long by layers of fine grained tannins.
Full, even, impenetrable black-hued red colour with purple hues on the edge, youthful in appearance. The nose is fine in proportion with a tight and stylish core of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit aromas, along with blackcurrants and subtle cassis and dark herb notes. This is beautifully soft and refined in expression, and the componentry is harmoniously interwoven. With aeration, fragrant, spicy and cedary oak notes emerge. Full-bodied, the palate has rich, vibrant and lively, mouthfilling flavours of sweet and spicy black plums and blackberry fruit along with notes of blackcurrants, cassis, redcurrants and a layering of dark herbs. The rich and sweet fruit forms a well-concentrated, but rounded core, and the fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannin structure, with light acid vibrancy. As the wine flows, spices, nuts and cedary oak emerge to add to the richness and dimension, and lead to a long, concentrated finish. This is a rich and vibrant, mouthfilling Merlot-based wine with plum and currant flavours on a fulsome palate revealing complexing spice, nutty and oak elements. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venison over the next 10-15 years. Date Tasted: Sept 2018; Rating: 19/20 Points; Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
A blend of merlot (58%), cabernet franc (23%) and cabernet sauvignon (19%). Plump, fleshy but structured wine, with vibrant acidity and tannins balancing fruit and alcohol sweetness. A weighty, textural wine with plum, subtle floral, liquorice, wood smoke and anise flavours. Date Tasted: Jul 2018; Rating: 95 Points; Bob Campbell MW
Wow. This is polished and perfect. Blackberry, tobacco, black olive, mocha, pencil and dried herb. Medium to full-bodied, graphite/mineral thing here, with depth and density, an elegant succulence, ripe and supple tannin pushing through, a raspberry and floral mouth-perfume, length and precision. A stand out. Tasted: Jun 18; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $130; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2038; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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