The Syrah is from the Gimblett Gravels designation in Hawke’s Bay, an area renowned for its full-bodied reds that Huon Hooke once called, ‘a truly blessed piece of earth.’
Craggy Range is blazing a trail in the New Zealand wine industry, and these two new releases are an excellent opportunity to discover why.
Deep, bold purple/red colour, with a powerful sweet oak and ripely spicy, plummy fruit bouquet. Traces of nutmeg and mixed spices. The wine is full-bodied and firm, with lashings of tannin and grip, which lasts long on the farewell. A powerful, concentrated wine which has absolutely no fear of tannin. It cries out for a little cellar-time. Superb.
97 points, The Real Review (January 2019)
Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-ruby colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is very rich and sweetly ripe with deeply concentrated and packed aromas of blackberries and black plums with subtle dark raspberry notes, and a full and voluminous layering of exotic spices melded with black pepper, liquorice and violet florals. Medium-bodied, the palate has vibrant and plush, sweetly ripe, near opulent flavours of ripe blackberry fruit along with dark raspberries and black plums, along with black pepper, spices and violet florals. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained powdery tannin extraction and structure, providing excellent linearity. The acidity is integrated and the wine carries to a long, lingering finish. This is a vibrantly rich, plush and near-opulent, ripe Syrah with blackberry, plum and raspberry fruit along with black pepper, spices and florals on a considerably structured, very fine-grained palate. This will age 10+ years. 100% Syrah, fermented to 13.2% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 20% new French oak.
19.5 points, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz (November 2018)
Red cherry, red berry characters abound. Pepper too. Fragrant start, wafty, appealing perfume of fruit and spice. Palate goes medium weight, tannins nip and tuck, inward concentration of dark berry fruits, but fresh feeling, with a big shake of varied brown spice. Lovely wine.
93 points, The Wine Front (September 2018)