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Craggy Range (375ml) 2006 Gimblett Gravels Sophia

Red, New World, Merlot blend from New Zealand

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Aromas of dark fruits (blackberry and plum) together with complex earthy hints that are reflected on the palate together with soft tannins and good acidity providing a long finish. Ideal with beef fillet.

Why we recommend this wine
We visited Craggy Range whilst in New Zealand some years back (see visit notes here) and were very impressed. It’s not often one gets hold of half bottles of really premium NZ wines and we bought most of the UK allocation. Drinking perfectly now!

The wine
A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec from the famed Gimblett Gravels near Hawke’s Bay. This area has perhaps contributed most to New Zealand's reputation as a serious, world-class producer of the varieties. Craggy Range has 100 hectares that were destined to be a quarry. These stony soils - located away from the cooling breeze of the South Pacific - create a warm environment, the only part of the country that is as warm and dry as the great French regions of Bordeaux and Hermitage. Wines from this warmer climate region are full-bodied and redolent of lush, ripe berry flavours.

The wine estate
Craggy Range is an iconic New Zealand independent winemaker. In a country where award winning is treated seriously it has won more than its fair share including Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2014 New World Winery of the Year. From the very beginning the owners decided to create wines that would become internationally regarded as New World classics. To achieve their ambition, they sought out the best land in the country, and planted vines perfectly suited to that soil and climate.

Food and wine
To take full advantage of the soft tannins and wonderful fruits pair this with subtle, non-fatty foods - lean meats such a beef fillet and roast root vegetables. Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here

Did you know?
The Gimblett Gravels are on the old bed of the Ngaruroro River but are not, to use the French phrase, an ‘appellation d'origine contrôlée’ and thus protected by law. Instead it is the registered trademark of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association who protect the use of the name vigorously.

  • Cutlivar

    Merlot based

  • Light / Heavy

    Full bodied

  • Oaked

    Integrated oak

  • Closure

    Cork

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