2016 Craggy Range "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay SKU #1367486

Price: $19.99

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*Winner: Best in Show, Decanter World of Wine Awards, 2019* Craggy Range is without doubt one of New Zealand's most iconic, family-operated wine producers. Their estate properties include two of the most unique and sought-after sites across the country: Gimblett Gravels in the Northern Island's Hawke's Bay and the Te Muna Terrace, outside the Southern Island Village of Martinborough. Dedicated to producing fundmentally distinctive wines of character and place, Craggy Range creates worldclass wines that show the beauty and power of New Zealand wine.

Staff Reviews

  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    This a wine that is surprising, exciting, and exceptional, year after year after year. I am thrilled to see that people are starting to take notice of this wine for what it is and giving it the credit it deserves. For a New World Cabernet-based blend, it definitely skews more Bordeaux than Napa. Blackfruits, cassis and spice give this an incredibly attractive nose, that hides deeper elements of iron, sage and savory. A dense and concentrated element of fruit is present on the palate, with more acidity than you would generally expect, but in away that is totally welcoming. The tannin structure is likewise big, ensuring that you can stash this away for years and watch it improve--a pretty tall order for a Hawke’s Bay Bordeaux Blend. But with a quick decant and a little air in the glass the tannin soften beautifully and the fruit opens up, and you are left with a staggeringly delicious wine.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Hawke's Bay has long produced some of the best Bordeaux grape varieties and Craggy Range some of the best renditions of those grapes. Polished and supple, the flavors of cassis, mint and wild berries roll across the palate with seamless structure. The framework of the wine should allow many years of enjoyment but that gorgeous mouthfeel says I'm going home for a steak dinner tonight!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm so delighted this wine got the huge score it deserves! Te Kahu has been a long time favorite here at K&L...we've been raving on about the Gimblett Gravels region in New Zealand for quite some time now. Indeed in previous years the big brother of this wine - Craggy's $70 "Sophia" bottling has enjoyed huge critical acclaim (even a 100pt score), while Te Kahu has slipped under the radar, known only to those clued in it's ridiculous value and consistency. But now the cat is out of the bag as it were, and we had to fight to get a good allocation of this highly pointed vintage of Te Kahu. For those unfamiliar with the Gimblett Gravels growing region the best European equivalent is Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux (home to Chateaux such as Haut-Brion, Smith Haut-Lafitte, Pape Clement, Domaine de Chevalier). The soils are extremely rocky, 30 feet of pure riverbed gravel for the vine roots to penetrate. The resulting wines have powerful fruit and structure, with distinctive mineral undertones. Try this wine with grilled rack of NZ lamb and you'll be in your happy place!
    Top Value!
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine bends towards Bordeaux with a savory, pencil lead, cedar box aromatic. On the palate the wine shows lots of weight, supple and round without being heavy, only 13.5%abv. and a bit of soft tannins. Lots of barrel spice to go with the earthy character and the wine finishes with a bit of grip, definitely a grilled meat wine.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Craggy Range has always been one of the top producers in the Gimblett Gravels, the premier spot for Bordeaux varietals in New Zealand. The fact that you can get a wine as complex and intricate as this for $20 is still mind-blowing to me. The rocky soils push the vines to their limit and help produce great concentration and nuance. Definitely more Bordeaux than American Cab in style, this wine is earthy, spicy, and a true magnifying glass into this unique region.
    Top Value!
  • Elsa Baez
    By: Elsa Baez
    K&L Staff Member
    A tasty and crowd-pleasing under $20 Bordeaux Blend...you can't beat that! Plum, fennel, undertones of minerality all coming together with elegance and complexity. What a remarkable value! Perfect for events or weeknight dinners.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    I am happy to report that this sub $20 Bordeaux blend is very deserving of its high critical scores. Merlot dominant, it has rich, plummy fruit with hints of mint and licorice, gravelly minerals and an overall refinement and elegance worthy of a much higher price point. If rich, elegant, Bordeaux style wines ever make it to your dinner table, then this is one worth stocking up on. After tasting, one probably will not be enough.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    The old and the new world meet in this excellent, clean, gentle Bordeaux blend from the famous Gimblett Gravels in Hawkes Bay. It has dark, plummy fruit, very nice medium body, and best of all, round tannins and bright acidity. This is a long finishing, fine wine that will go great with a grilled steak or better yet, a piece of New Zealand lamb!
    Drink from 2019 to 2026
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Some of the finest Bordeaux blends in the world don't come from Bordeaux, but from the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke's Bay. Te Kahu has all the wonderful richness and intensity of fruit you'd expect from the new world, but the lively minerality and zippy acidity more common in France's finest. The real kicker here is the price tag. For just 20 bucks, Te Kahu from Craggy Range delivers well beyond its price point. Build to age, but ready to crack open today, the versatility of this wine is remarkably.


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