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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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