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2015 Craggy Range "Le Sol" Syrah Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay

SKU #1365817 98 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Supremely elegant syrah with floral, violet, black and white pepper, dark berry, chocolate, liquorice and mixed spice flavours. A fine-grained wine, with a backbone of ripe tannins that suggests potential without being a barrier to enjoyment right now. Beautifully layered with a complex array of flavours and lifted aromatics Inner quote mark (10/2017)

98 points Sam Kim

Outer quote mark Formidable and luxurious, this dramatic Syrah displays blackberry, plum, black olive, violet and toasted almond characters with hints of black pepper and game on the nose. It is superbly concentrated and fleshy on the palate, and delivers loads of delectable flavours and velvety texture, wonderfully supported by supple tannins. It is mouth-filling and gratifying, and finishes impressively long and expansive. 2015 Le Sol is 100% Syrah from their Gimblett Gravels vineyard. Inner quote mark (6/2017)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The top Syrah for Craggy Range is in terrific ripe and juicy form in 2015, showing a very pure and attractively raw fruit expression on the nose with fresh blackberry, blueberry and dark toasted spices. The palate has a clever sense of build and really blooms from the inside out, pushing sweet, ripe blackberry and dark cherry fruit flavor wide and deep. Tannins glide like silk. Drink now and for some years to come – this will develop smoothly in bottle. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Not the biggest, densest or richest vintage of this wine, the 2015 Le Sol instead emphasizes fragrance and elegance. Cracked pepper and violets on the nose give way to flavors of blueberries and spice on the medium to full-bodied palate. The oak seems much less noticeable than in the past, the extraction less intense, and the wine flows more naturally across the palate and into a long, seamless finish. (JC) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This red has plenty of power, opening up fragrant and effusive, with white pepper, sage and toasted cumin accents to a core of rich, velvety and concentrated blackberry and blueberry notes. Lovely spice flavors and aromas linger on the long, expressive finish. (MW, Web Only-2018) Inner quote mark

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark An impenetrable, teeth-staining purple, the 2015 Le Sol is calling out for a cozy sweater and a fireplace. Intense woodsy aromas of cedar, pine needles, blackberry jam, medicinal herbs and smoky undertones lead into a palate that's herbal, juicy-fruited and framed by powerful, chewy tannins. The oak is on show at the moment but will settle with time. *Cellar Selection* (CP) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Always a strong performer for its pure-fruited classicism, Craggy Range’s 2015 Le Sol Syrah is a saturated black-red colour, with aromas which combine crisp and pristine blackcurrant fruit with a gratifying, meaty warmth. On the palate the wine is lunging, deep and intense; the fruit goes beyond blackcurrant to orange zest and pink grapefruit. There’s a long, sustained and insistent finish. (AJ) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

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