Fermentation vessels used were open top oak cuves and stainless steel tanks.
French oak barriques were used for maturation for a period of 7 months of which 22% were new.
Only French oak from the Troncais, Allier and Vosges forests are used.
The wine was matured for 17 months in French oak barriques.
Cellaring Potential 1 - 3 years.
The vines are managed in balance with their environment in a system of sustainable ecological viticulture. Pruning, removal of excess shoots and foliage, thinning and arranging developing shoots into supporting wires are all done by hand.
The soil in the vineyard is of small to medium stones (greywacke) at an elevation of 30 metres above sea level
The average age of the vines are 12 years with an average yield of 51 hl/ha.
Part harvested by hand 90%.
Craggy Range has 100 hectares of vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels in Hawkes Bay. The stony soils of this former quarry are located on the same latitude as Madrid, protected from the cooling breeze of the South Pacific to create a warm and dry environment which is the on a par with climate of Bordeaux and Northern Rhône. It is here that Craggy Range grow Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah grapes.
Once known as the "Block 14" Syrah, the Gimblett Gravels Syrah is now a wine made using multiple parcels from the same vineyard. The blending of these different parcels combine to create a wine that is truly distinct and appealing. The vines originate from a Heritage clone of Syrah brought to New Zealand approximately 150 years ago. They produces a wine with an aromatic lift of floral and pepper aromatics and a lushness and denseness on the palate combined with fresh and fine natural acidity.
Deep red with vibrant purple hues. Complex aromatics of boysenberry, black pepper, cedar, anise and garrigue herbs. The palate is beautifully poised with the richness and dark berry ripeness balanced with fine acidity and superb fine minerally tannins, finishing dry and long.
Bin No.: 1508
Country: New Zealand
Region: Hawkes Bay, North Island, Region:Te Awanga Winegrowing District