2013 Craggy Range "Aroha" Pinot Noir Martinborough

SKU #1221048 95-97 points Raymond Chan

 Dark, deep, ruby-red colour, a little lighter on rim. The bouquet is full, broad and densely packed with aromas of ripe, savoury dark red berry fruits entwined with layers of dried herb and stalky whole cluster complexities, along with game and undergrowth elements. Some red floral lift lends an ethereal perfume, and the nose impresses with its full and harmonious array of detail, allied to depth and density. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a rich and complex range of savoury red berry fruit flavours interwoven with dried herb, stalky perfumes, undergrowth and game. Floral elements provide lift. The mouthfeel follows a fine-grained tannin core, which provides mouthfeel, extract and structure. Soft acidity adds to the depth and richness, and the wine carries its concentrated core to a very long and sustained, complex, savoury finish. This is a full, rich and layered Pinot Noir of real complexity, with fine structure and presence. Match with coq au vin, casseroles and game meat dishes over the next 6-9 years. Approx. 40% each clones 114 and Abel, and 20% 667 from 5 ha of the top terrace of the ‘Te Muna Road’ vineyard, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 40% whole clusters to 13.4% alc, the wine spending a total of 15-21 days on skins and aged 11 months in 32% new French oak barriques. 1,000 dozen made.

95 points Bob Campbell

 A selection of grapes from the mid-slope of Craggy Range’s Martinborough vineyard. A warm vintage allowed the use of 40% whole bunches in the ferment. Dense, rich wine with plum, red fruits and an interesting savoury dimension adding extra complexity. Classy wine that should develop well.

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 A barrel selection off Craggy Range's estate vineyard in the Te Muna Road area of Martinborough, this isn't a huge blockbuster style, but one that favors elegance. The aromas and flavors are ripe, oozing with hints of plum, black cherry, cola and licorice, but what makes the wine special are its subtle spice shadings and silky texture. Drink now–2025. (JC)  (3/2016)

92 points Decanter

 Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards: Complex and attractive nose with a savoury richness to the supple red fruits, aided by waxy floral notes and aromas of forest floor and toast. Silky and lithe, there's real density to the palate which holds enticing mocha and spice characters, combined with a creamy richness and great length. Subdued, youthful, darkly fruity, with savoury and spice undertones; structure and bite; promises to be an excellent expression of the bigger, riper style.

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2013 Aroha Pinot Noir has a great core of black cherry and black raspberry notes with touches of rose petals, milk chocolate and cinnamon. Light to medium-bodied with delicate red berry and earth flavors, it has very fine tannins and balanced acid, finishing long. 92+ (LPB)  (1/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Plump plum, black cherry and blackberry flavors are dark and plush, showing a fresh tomato leaf note, with toast, spice and black tea on the finish. Pinot Noir. Drink now through 2025. (MW, Web-2016)

K&L Notes

Thanks to our long relationship with Craggy Range, we can offer a very limited amount of these "Prestige Collection" wines. The 2013 Prestige Collection wines are some of the most highly awarded wines ever released from Craggy Range. 2013 has been hailed the "vintage of a lifetime" in New Zealand. Don't miss these. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2015 | Send Email
Wow! This is a show stopper! This is going to be my go to special occasion Pinot until we sell this out. The aromatics are incredibly beautiful, like shut up and keep your nose in the glass beautiful. The texture is super supple; perfectly integrated fruit and oak. It is not a big wine, it is like great Burgundy; light but intense. Dark fruits, red berries, mineral, oak spice, a touch of earth and a finish that goes on and on. It is definitely worth the splurge.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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.