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Craggy Range Sophia Red Blend

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Craggy Range Sophia Red Blend

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
Deliciously rich and smooth in its youth, the 2009 vintage is a Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay blend of Merlot (65 per cent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (25 per cent), with splashes of Cabernet Franc (7 per cent) and Petit Verdot (3 per cent). Matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (45 per cent new), it is deeply coloured, full-bodied, sweet-fruited and supple, with highly concentrated, ripe cassis, plum and spice flavours. Drink now or cellar.
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
Likely to be long-lived, the 2007 vintage is a Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay blend of Merlot (81 per cent), Cabernet Franc (10 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (7 per cent) and Malbec (2 per cent), harvested at an average of 24.1 brix and matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (50 per cent new). The colour is dark and youthful; the flavours are concentrated, with blackcurrant, plum and spice characters, and fine-grained tannins. Sweet-fruited and supple, with underlying power, it's a strong candidate for cellaring.
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Michael Cooper (2006 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The bold, brambly, densely coloured 2001 vintage is a Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay blend of Merlot (61 per cent), Cabernet Franc (23 per cent) and Malbec (14 per cent), with a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon. It was matured for 19 months in French oak barriques (70 per cent new), then for a further six months in older barrels, and botded unfiltered. A 10-year cellaring proposition, yet already delicious, it offers densely packed blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours seasoned with new French oak, with leathery, nutty characters adding complexity and very substantial mouthfeel.
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