2010 Craggy Range "Gimblett Gravels Vineyard" Syrah Hawke's Bay (Elsewhere $30+)

SKU #1231321 94 points Sam Kim

 This is stunning. The bouquet is beautifully perfumed, displaying blue/blackberry, floral, game and spice notes with elegantly infused cedary oak. It's concentrated, succulent and supple on the palate with velvety texture, finishing extremely long, backed by plenty of cushioned tannins. A young beauty showing excellent harmony and integration, making it so approachable now but will no doubt age with grace.

93 points Bob Campbell

 Few wines manage to be rich (big, mouth-filling and mellow) and vibrant (tangy, bright, fresh and full of energy) but Craggy Range Syrah somehow manages it. The result is a Syrah that's choc-full of ripe berry flavours and shot through with tangy spices. It's big, quite complex and very satisfying.  (9/2013)

93 points Raymond Chan

 97% 'Heritage' clone Syrah with 3% Viognier, fully destemmed and fermented to 13.4% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 25% new French oak barriques. Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, bright and youthful in appearance. This has a very fine, soft and penetrating bouquet combining fresh black berry and peppery fruit, lifted with violetty floral elements, and spiced with liquorice and toasty oak char and nuances of bacon. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, bright black berry fruits with black pepper and Asian spice flavours show excellent depth. Apricot and floral notes show with fresh acidity, and the palate is underscored by very fine tannins that provide a dry and refined mouthfeel. This has a very long finely textured finish. Match this elegant, spicy and finely structured Syrah with Asian duck and Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 6-7+ years.

92 points Wine Spectator

 Polished and powerful, with lively blackberry and huckleberry flavors, featuring precise, detailed nuances of fig paste, white pepper, crushed rock and violet. The polished tannins and long finish give this extra depth. Drink now through 2028.  (7/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Deep black cherry colour with opaque core. Peppery, tender dark fruit with a firm texture and sweet chocolate oak overlay but not OTT. Dry and dense but not heavy. Much more Syrah than Shiraz but there's cherry chocolate on the finish. 97% Syrah (the old Mission Clone aka Waldron) and 3% Viognier from a stony block of Craggy Range's Gimblett Gravels vineyard. Deficit irrigation reduces berry size and maximises ripeness. Hand-sorted, and then fermented in stainless steel and open-topped wooden cuves. Inoculated ferment followed by 16 months in French oak barrels of which 25% were new. 16.5/20 points.

K&L Notes

I can't believe we got this deal on Craggy Range's Gimblett Gravels Syrah! Our K&L exclusive pricing is almost 50% off the wine's regular price...and look at the huge scores! This wine is from the rockiest parcel of Craggy's Gimblett Gravels Vineyard known as "Block 14." The vines here produce particularly concentrated flavors and rich, powerful wines. This is very much "Old World" Syrah with a dash of more modern fruit purity and polish. The aromatics are violets, toasted spices, cracked peppercorns, black and blue fruits, charred steak, and lovely exotic French oak hints. The wine is long and powerful on the palate but has fresh, vibrant acidity and lovely elegance to counterbalance the forward fruit. Flavors echo the nose long and lingering right through the finely tuned finish. This wine is so intriguing and really develops in the glass, fascinating stuff. The few years in the bottle have only improved this wine and I have no doubt it will drink well for another 10 years into the future. This is a onetime only deal not to be missed from one of New Zealand's premier producers. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ wine buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2015 | Send Email
An incredible bottle of Syrah! A screaming "Cyber Monday" price...well, actually it's the "as long as it lasts" K&L price at 50% off the winery's SRP! Thanks to our great relationship with Craggy Range we are able to offer this exclusive deal. The wine is classic Syrah--dark, floral, earthy tones; spice, black pepper; deep and brooding. Lots of concentrated berry fruits, whiffs of smoke, bacon fat and stony minerals. Exceptional wine that has just started to develop some beautiful complexity from a few years in the bottle. This is WAY too good for this price.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2025

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.4