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2014 Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah

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Winemaker's Notes

Deepest red with vibrant purple hue. Expressive cool climate Syrah with lifted notes of violets, fresh boysenberries, sandalwood and a hint of dried, peppered meat. The palate has a dense core of dark fruits beautifully integrated by acidity and fine, dusty tannins giving the wine a long, elegant feel towards the dry finish.

Food match: Venison, lamb

Cellaring: 15 years from vintage

Alc/vol: 14.2%

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2014 Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah

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Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
Hawke’s Bay. Gimblett Gravels Syrah. All French oak. Filtered but not fined. Tight, intense, coiled Syrah. Pepper and woodsmoke to the gills and boasting an appropriate complement of concentrated black cherried fruit too. Nutty. Smoky. A touch of animale. Bold, particularly in a regional context. A wide, dominating sweep of tannin. This is a wine with a 1000 mile stare; it has the long term on its mind. It’s not hard to be enamoured.
2020 - 2034+
95
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Le Sol is one of the top syrahs of Hawke’s Bay, and 2011 is one of its greatest hits, with an immense future before it. It’s enticingly complex, yet at every moment exactingly controlled and effortlessly calm, gliding with monumental persistence and seamless line of captivating allure. A delightful, vibrant purple red hue, it leaps out of the glass with great complexity of pepper, black plum skins, musk and a mineral note somewhere between freshly crushed gravel, graphite and iron filings. The palate is impeccably poised, with crunchy black cherry and generous satsuma plum fruit laid out splendidly atop a background of finely textured, mineral tannins and lively acid tang.
Wine Taste Weekly -28/01/14
96
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The flagship wine from Craggy Range is an impressive beast. Beautifully detailed pure dark and black berry fruits are uncorked by exotic spice, pepper, veal jus, earthy notes and well-judged oak use. The super-fine, gravelly tannins provide a canvas onto which the fruit is stretched tautly, and supporting characters add the depth and detail. Long of finish, with a minerally acid line.
Good Wine Guide 2013
96
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The flagship is in staggering form in 2009: it's a brilliantly realised expression of concentrated spice and pepper shiraz that has impeccable shape and density. The oak is prevalent but oh so good at the same time: sweet vanillin, musky red perfume and plums, raspberries, baking spices and sweet berry pastry. The palate's meticulously crafted and laid out in impressive shape and depth. delivering red plum, boysenberry and hints of eastern spice. Tannins scoop deep and run fine through the finish with gentle grip. A must for cellaring.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
97
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
This is Formula One Syrah. It's sleek and streamlined with dramatic, aerodynamic edges and enough power behind the seat to propel it to the horizon in no time. Ultra-fine tannins give it outstanding grip while white pepper and black plum skin place it firmly in Hawke's Bay. A sprinter that will go the distance.
96
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A superb rendition of the top Craggy Range syrah, this has an inky dark presence in the glass and opens with really intense dark-spiced plum aromas. Sweet, hard spices like cardamom and clove, the oak's well and truly steeped in dense fruit and there's an overwhelming sense of youthful intensity. Impressive stuff! The palate follows suit with dark plum and blackberry flavours that run deep and strong; the oak wraps them into shape through the back of the palate and tannins weave strongly together as this thunders through the finish in impressive style. Their finest yet!
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
97
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
“Intense, powerful syrah with plum, dark berry, chocolate, cracked black pepper, star anise and plenty of classy oak flavours. Rich, ripe and fleshy wine with great fruit and alcohol sweetness perfectly balanced by firm tannins. Seamless with a lengthy finish. Le Sol has consistently excelled since its first vintage, and its supreme class was plain for all to see.”
Australian Wine Companion, The Weekend Australian 2010
96
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
The full cool-climate crescendo sweet fruit and spice comprised of black pepper, nutmeg savoury, Rhône aromas, with varying degrees of raspberry, mid-palate spice and long with well managed tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
The full cool-climate crescendo sweet fruit and spice comprised of black pepper, nutmeg savoury, Rhône aromas, with varying degrees of raspberry, mid-palate spice and long with well managed tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
91
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
Super cool-climate nose with green peppercorns and lifted fragrant spices, peppermint and cardamom, sweet dark berries - very much in the modern Hawkes Bay style. Superb piercing and focused palate, crisp fresh acidity and fine fresh fruits roll through in a fine tannin cage, outstanding balance; just at the beginning of its journey. Now sealed under screwcap.
94
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
On my first visit to Craggy, I saw an unbottled wine with 15% alcohol but fruit to match. Shiraz—or syrah, since they prefer that term. And that was the first Le Sol: the first of a line of wines from the very special Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawkes Bay. Plantings are still tiny, but talk to the locals and they expect big things. This wine is perhaps Craggy's best yet, and it is simply brilliant.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
96
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Craggy Range has fast become part of New Zealand's wine royalty. The wines are not cheap, but they are very, very good. 2005 RELEASE This deserves its luxury status. It's an exotic wine, splashed with a wide array of flavours and smells: smoke, beef, cherries, kirsch, cracked pepper, the full box of spice, grape-stalks, peanuts - there's a lot going on here. It might sound like a hotchpotch, but it's not: it's seamless, silken, and highly seductive. Cue Nigella: this is deeply, deeply satisfying. DRINK 2013-2019.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
85
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
The full cool-climate crescendo sweet fruit and spice comprised of black pepper, nutmeg savoury, Rhône aromas, with varying degrees of raspberry, mid-palate spice and long with well managed tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
94
Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
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