2010 Craggy Range "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend Gimblett Gravels
A blend of 63% merlot, 27% cabernet sauvignon, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot, destemmed, inoculated and fermented in closed tanks, it's matured for 18 months in 44% new French oak barriques, fined and filtered. Bright and crystal clear; nuances of spice and toasted cedary oak float around the blackcurrant/cassis fruit of the bouquet and palate, the latter an elegant and perfectly tensioned exercise in freshness and ripeness
Bold aromatics of black fruits--boysenberry, blackberry and plum--dominate the subtle varietal aromatics of fresh mint and thyme with some cinnamon showing from its time in oak. The palate is fresh and lively. Lovely fine tannins surround a ripe core of sweet fruit with good acidity providing balance and length.