Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2016
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Dark cherry with a crimson hue. Dark aromatics with notes of ripe cherry, sage, dried bark and thyme emerging. Wonderful integration of ripe red fruits and velvety tannins across the palate. It has great density yet carries a very elegant feel as it flows towards the savoury dry finish.
‘Craggy Range’ is a family owned New Zealand winery that began in 1998 and is now one of the most well respected and recognisable brands in the country. Located in the prestigious region of Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay, ‘Craggy Range’ was the first winery in the Southern Hemisphere that specialised in Single Vineyard winemaking, sourcing the very best grapes from New Zealand’s top winegrowing regions, planting on green fields and bare land to ensure a focus on quality from the word go.
‘Craggy Range’ was started by Terry Peabody and is now a complete family endeavour with members working in all different aspects of the business. The Peabody’s are a devoted family who want to see the ‘Craggy Range’ Legacy live on for all future generations, which is why Terry placed the winery in a 1000 year trust! We commend and thank Terry’s foresight … for completely selfless reasons of course. Thinking ahead is a common philosophy within the Craggy Range family as the trust is also designed to set up generational guardianship of the land, so that not only with the land stay preserved, our glasses will stay full. Sustainability is at the forefront of what ‘Craggy Range’ does, allowing them to support their needs for today while providing an economic, biological and environmentally-minded future for tomorrow.
‘Craggy Range’s’ wine portfolio consists of three collections. ‘The Family Collection’, ‘The Appellation’, The iconic ‘Prestige Collection’ as well as limited release wines. The family collection consists of our favourites, the Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Syrah, Pinot Noir, a Bordeaux Blend and staff favourite the Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay. The ‘Prestige’ collection showcases the ‘Le Sol Syrah’, ‘Sophia Red Blend’ and the ‘Aroha Pinot Noir’. The reputation of the ‘Craggy Range’ portfolio is synonymous with their quality of wines and attention to detail.
Although a small region, there’s no doubt about the fact Martinborough packs a punch. Producing some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed wines and garnering a large following. The regions first vines were planted back in 1883, but it wasn’t until 1970 that heads started to turn and Martinborough was competing on the world stage. The region features a diverse selection of wines, but the silt loam and gravelly sub-soils of the Martinborough Terrace ensure pinot noir and sauvignon blanc grapes flourish.
The areas three sub-regions; Martinborough, Masterton and Gladstone and have similar grape varieties planted, but the differing terroir of each brings out unique flavours. The Wairarapa makes up 3% of New Zealand’s total production. This number is contributed to by the fact vineyard yields in the area below the national average, this alone is a large contributor to the regions success.
While Martinborough is a small colonial village with many of the producers in the area being family owned and run. Only a short drive north of New Zealand’s’ capital city Wellington, the area is well situated as has earned the reputation as the wine hub of the Wairarapa. Gladstone is a little south of Masterton, Wairarapa’s largest town and is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the country, luckily for us, it has plenty of room to grow!
Wairarapa is one of the coolest and driest areas in the north island, with climate and soil conditions similar to that of Burgundy, it’s no surprise that the wines produced in the area are some of New Zealand’s finest.