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Craggy Range is the vision of Australian transport magnate Terry Peabody, in conjunction with NZ Master of Wine Steve Smith, with the partnership yielding one of the most dynamic wine businesses in NZ.
Craggy Range History
Craggy Range was first setup in 1997, with the business the result of ten years of searching by Terry Peabody for the ultimate vineyard and winery site. The centerpiece of the operation is the dramatic cellar at Havelock North, with Craggy Range producing their first wine in 2001
Craggy Range Vineyards
Craggy Range source fruit from some 9 different single vineyards, spanning from the cool southern climes of Central Otago right through to the warmer vineyard sites in Hawkes Bay. The main vineyard is undoubtedly the 100ha Gimblett Gravels property, source of much of Craggy's Bordeaux styled reds and it's Syrah. Another vineyard of a larger scale is the 94ha Te Muna road vineyard at Martinborough (planted to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir).
Craggy Range Philosophy
The aim of the team at Craggy Range is to make single-vineyard wines – wines that are true expressions of the vineyard’s terroir, with an ambition to make these the finest wines in the land.
Craggy Range Wine Types
There are some 30 wines in the Craggy Range portfolio, with a focus on Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The highlights of the range are the Les Beaux Cailloux Chardonnay, Le Sol Syrah and 'The Quarry' Cabernet/Merlot blend.
|Wine Region||Hawke's Bay, New Zealand|
|Wine Maker||Iolanda Ratdiffe|
This elegant, richly fruited wine comes from a single vineyard spot on the famed Gimblett Gravels in Hawkes Bay. She's the 'It girl' of chardonnay with lots of stone fruits, melon and florals with a lick of nuttiness. The palate is tight, dry and ...
Unlike most of their countrymen, Kiwi winemakers believe the ultimate prize is crafting a classic Pinot Noir (not than winning the Rugby World Cup). New Zealand’s Craggy Range has reached the winemaker’s pinnacle with their 2009 Te Muna Road Pinot...
Here is a another single vineyard wine from Craggy Range. This rather elegant savvy is from the very posh, and highly regarded, Martinborough region. It has lovely aromatics of herbs, stone fruits and limes, and on the palate it is quite tropical ...