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Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Te Kahu Merlot Cabernet

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Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Te Kahu Merlot Cabernet

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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A blend of merlot (80%), cabernet franc (8%), cabernet sauvignon (8%) and malbec (4%) here. This has a terrific, approachable, complex and vibrant style to it. There s a wealth of plum, cherry and cassis on the nose, violets, gentle toasty oak and meaty complexity; vibrant and full of charm. The palate s filled with fine tannins and a wealth of blue fruit, plum and mulberry flavour, really succulent and full of life. A great wine for the money.
Good Wine Guide 2013
93
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
“Delicious, drink-young style from the Gimblett Gravels, based mostly on merlot. Deeply coloured, with concentrated blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, a hint of coffee, and good warmth, stuffing and structure.”
2011
WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Delicious, drink-young style from the Gimblett Gravels, based mostly on merlot (80%). Deeply coloured, with concentrated blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, a hint of coffee, and good warmth, stuffing and structure.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
“Great value, rich Hawke’s Bay red, merlot-based, with smaller portions of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Matured for 18 months in French oak barriques, it is mouthfilling, generous and supple, with a finely textured, lasting finish.”
2009
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Rich purple hues and sweet dark berry aromas, with plum and blackcurrant fruit flavours on a weighty palate with spicy oak and soft tannins.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
With an attractive and perfumed nose, this opens with purple florals and leafy notes, some mint and herbal smells and fine, complex, barrel-derived meaty complexity. The palate's smoothly shaped and has chocolate and dark-berry flavour in spades: cassis, red fruits and nicely sheeted tannin.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Another winner from the Craggy stable that places ripe fruit at the absolute fore. There's a big dose of brambly dark berries here, mulberry and plum, handy oak influence and international claret-like class. Eminently drinkable wine full of soft yet sturdy tannins and juicy, dark fruit flavour. Stylish and superb.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
“Powerful but very approachable Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay blend, merlot-centred (55%), with cabernet franc, malbec, cabernet sauvignon and a splash of petit verdot. Dark and fragrant, with a generous, silky-smooth palate showing excellent concentration of cassis, plum and spice flavours and supple, ripe tannins.”
2009
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Predominantly merlot (58%) with the balance composed of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec, this proprietary single-vineyard red is a stylish foray into elegance. Blue fruits, cassis and sweet cedary oak spice -it shows depth with finesse, crafted into stylish balance. Mannerly and impeccable.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
“Supple, concentrated, merlot-predominant blend from the Gimblett Gravels, in Hawke’s Bay.  Fragrant, with plummy, spicy, slightly earthy and chocolately flavours, ripe and rich.  Still fresh and youthful.”
2008

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