Craggy Range is blazing a trail in the New Zealand wine industry, and these two new releases are an excellent opportunity to discover why.
The Pinot hails from Te Muna Road vineyard, seven kilometres from the township of Martinborough, and grown in ancient, stony soils. The fruit is handpicked from the higher terrace of the vineyard. Fermented under indigenous yeasts with using partial whole bunch (around 15%) in a combination of French oak cuves and open-top stainless steel tanks.
Best Wine - Wellington Wine Country 2018
JF Hillebrand New Zealand Best Single Vineyard Red Wine 2018
Trophy - Pinot Noir - Two years old – 2016
Delicious pinot noir with a tantalising mix of floral, violet, dark-fleshed plum, spice, anise and nutty oak flavours. A rich creamy-textured wine, with an impeccable balance between fruit sweetness, fine tannins and fruity acidity.
96 points, jamessuckling.com (August 2019)
Bright red cherries and blueberries on the nose and palate. This has an elegantly fresh, chalky feel. Bright, even and balanced. Very drinkable, flavorsome and elegant pinot.
92 points, jamessuckling.com (October 2018)
MartinboroughMartinborough is located on the North Island of New Zealand and is the island’s driest area, due to the rain shadow created by the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges. The district is prone to spring frosts, with wind machines employed throughout the area to protect young vines from frost damage. Martinborough’s climate is cool with some maritime influence and the region enjoys one of the longest growing seasons in New Zealand. There is significant diurnal variation, excellent for preserving aromatics and acidity and the naturally breezy conditions help to curb vine vigour, resulting in low yields of grapes with great intensity and flavor concentration. Over time, the river which runs through the region, has carved out cliffs and escarpments to expose stony sub-soils, helping to create the premium vineyard site of ‘Martinborough Terrace’ built over layers of alluvial river terraces. Martinborough has significant plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling but is best known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir sought the world over.