2011 Craggy Range "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend Gimblett Gravels (Previously $20.00)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Blended of 69% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 9% Malbec, the 2011 Te Kahu Vineyard Proprietary Red displays a deep purple-black color and nose of fresh black currants, blackberries and black cherries with hints of violets, cigar boxes and dried Provence herbs. Medium bodied, it is just a little lean on fruit concentration in the mouth, nonetheless offering fresh, youthful black and red berry flavors and complimentary herbal accents structured with well-balanced chewy tannins and just enough acidity, finishing just a tad abruptly. (LPB)
This is firmly built for a wine that includes 69% Merlot. Mint and cedar notes emerge on the nose, while the flavors are black cherry and earth. This medium-bodied wine features an attractive licorice note on the finish, and should easily hold through 2020.
Offers a fresh band of cherry and currant flavors, with notes of black tea, spice, tobacco and pencil shavings. The tannins clamp down on the finish, giving this a firm edge. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2020. 1,800 cases imported. (Web only - 2013)
A great value introduction to the excellent wines of Craggy Range. This wine is sourced entirely from their Gimblett Gravels Vineyard in Hawke's Bay. The Gimblett Gravels is one of the most exciting and important wine growing regions in New Zealand. An old river bed that is now high and dry provides deep gravel into which the vines roots must delve deep to seek out nutrition from the 90% rock content soils. The wines from here have excellent concentration and a vibrant minerality similar to those of Graves or Pessac-Leognan in Bordeaux. The 2011 Te Kahu shows a vibrant and deep color with purple hues, fresh aromatics of dark cherry, plum and dried herbs. The palate is lithe with balanced acidity and rich tannin providing a youthful backbone to the lovely sweet fruited core. A fresh, juicy and easy drinking Bordeaux blend with excellent lift and balance at a really attractive price! Very dark, deep, black-hued, purple-red colour. This has an elegant and fragrant bouquet with ripe black berried fruits and boysenberry elements complexed by herb and violetty floral notes, all subtly interwoven and showing finesse. Elegantly sized on palate, this is refined and tightly bound with energy and tension for good linearity. Sweet plum, black and redcurrant, cedar and spice flavours unfold and follow the fine-grained tannin line. This is a smaller-scale, but very well-concentrated Merlot-based wine that will develop over 6-8+ years.