Merlot Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Hawkes Bay New Zealand
The traditional Bordeaux cepage of varietal grapes, mostly Merlot with additions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Franc, grown to the Craggy Range estate owned property in the prestigious Hawkes Bay precinct of Gimblett Gravels. The complex mix is finely attenuated each year to accomodate the vagaries of vintage. Craggy Range make an opulent, solidly structured Merlot that's feted by impresarios the world over. Deeply coloured and highly aromatic, Gimblett Gravels is effusive ans profoundly structured, underpinned by signature dusty tannins.
The Craggy Range vines are managed to a system of sustainable ecological viticulture. Every stage of the vine's growth is measured and compared to ensure balance and harmony with the environment. Pruning, removal of excess, thinning and arranging are all done by hand. Fruit is harvested off twenty two blocks on the Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels property. Grapes are completely destemmed and inoculated in fermenters for vinification. Upon completion, Craggy Range is transferred to a selection of new and seasoned French oak barriques for sixteen months maturation, followed by assemblage into the finished wine, a light fining and filtration before bottling. Alcohol 13.0%
Very dark red colour. A brooding bouquet of dark plums and blackberry. Wild thyme, rose florals and nutmeg nuances contributing to a lifted complexity. The silken texture unveils an intense core of fruit with cocoa and fresh tobacco characters. A rich palate that's tempered by balanced tannins and kept fresh by bright acidity. Merlot is a traditional accompaniement to lamb, the additions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Franc make Craggy Range a superior match.