Made at the Highway 50 winery. Only French oak from the Troncais, Allier and Vosges forests are used.
Fermentation vessels used were open top oak cuves and open top stainless steel tanks.
French oak barriques were used for maturation for a period of 13 months of which 19% were nw.
The wine was matured for 17 months in French oak barriques.
Cellaring Potential 1 - 8 years.
The proportions of the blend change most vintages to reflect conditions of the year and to ensure that certain 'house style' is maintained. It is a wine of richness with an abundance of black fruit flavours and a long structured finish complete with dusty tannins
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 yield was 72 hl/ha.
Part harvested by hand 10%.
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.
Te kahu means 'the cloak' in Te Reo Maori and refers to the mist that envelops our Giants Winery in the Tuki Tuki Valley.
Legend has it that this mist was used to protect a mythical Maori maiden from the sun as she visited her lover Te Mata.
Vibrant deep colour with purple hues. Fresh aromatics of dark cherry, plum and dried herbs. The palate is lithe with balanced acidity and rich tannin providing a youthful backbone to the lovely sweet fruited core.
Bin No.: 1511
Country: New Zealand
Region: Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, Region:North Island