Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir
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 Noir. This cracking good Pinot has a perfumed nose, with layers of dark berry flavours and a long silky finish. It’s the perfect wine for Peking duck.
Appearance: Deep red colour.
Nose: Prominent aromatics of black cherry and boysenberry overshadow subtle notes of rose petal, bark, and a hint of fresh mint.
Palate: Rich on the palate, fine oak and intriguing mushroom, soy and dried herb flavours provide complexity to the sweet dark fruited core of this wine. The finish is long and lithe.
Food: Game and lamb dishes/
Cellaring: Seven years from vintage.
Reviews and Accolades
“Sourced from one of the most spectacularly scenic vineyards in the Martinborough region comes this shiny new pinot which is already showing excellent depth of flavour for one so young. Sexy and fragrant, it already has fruit intensity, power and presence. Buy now and keep for a rainy day.”
4 Stars Yvonne Lorkin – Various Publications – September 2012.
“Full, vibrant ruby-red colour with slight purple hues on rim. This has a soft, fragrant nose of ripe, dark cherry and berry fruit aromas with lifted violetty florals and nuances of dark herbs and spices that blossoms and intensifies in the glass. Medium-full bodied, bright, detailed flavours of juicy dark cherries and red berries, with soft red florals and spices are supported by fine-grained tannins and lacy acidity. The fruit richness is ethereally mouth-filling and builds gently. This has a finely concentrated core and lively palate line that carries the fruit to a sustained finish with dry textures and floral and berry nuances. This is an elegant, fine detailed, sweet fruited Pinot Noir with the balance and structure to age 5-6 years. Serve with Mediterranean cuisine, and poultry and pork dishes.”
18 Points, 4 Stars Raymond Chan - October 2012.
expert reviews about
Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
The gravel beds of Martinborough s Te Muna sub-region provide the fruit source for this vivid pinot noir from Craggy Range. Detailed red berry fruits come to the fore here: cherry, redcurrant and plum sheathed in sexy exotic spice, Peking duck, dried orange and well-judged, creamy oak. Superb texture and sapidity on the palate, with a mineral-laden acid line and grippy, ripe, sandy tannins. Superb.2016Good Wine Guide
Michael Cooper (2010 Vintage) says
The classy 2010 vintage of this Martin borough red was hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for over a year in French oak barriques. Deeply coloured, with a fragrant, spicy, smoky bouquet, it is sturdy, rich, savoury and complex, with densely packed cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, ripe and finely textured. Still very youthful, it should be long-lived; open 2013+.2012 - 2015Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This has very nicely captured ripe dark-cherry fruits on the nose, some handy depth and density, dark-spiced oak and bergamot. The palate fans out bright strawberry and mixed cherry flavours on fine, sweet tannins - a really smooth, energetic and even palate. Great now, and good for the mid-term if cellaring's your thing.2014The Good Wine Guide
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Some tea leaves, bergamot, red cherries and bright, exotic fragrance here - really taut and composed, and braced in some spicy oak too. The wine is restrained and complex. The palate's a juicy, even-weighted and structured affair, with a swathe of tannin running long through the finish - classic regional shape and weight, red-cherry and cherry-cola flavour.The Good Wine Guide 2011
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
The 2008 vintage of this Martinborough red was hand-harvested at over 24 brix, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (33 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is finely scented, mouthfilling and supple, with delicious cherry and plum flavours, softly textured and savoury. It's already delicious, but has the muscle and structure to age.Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
Robust, boldly coloured Martinborough red with concentrated, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, seasoned with quality oak. Muscular (14.5 per cent alcohol), yet deliciously smooth and fragrant.
Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
“Generous, sweet-fruited Martinborough red with an array of plum, spice and dried herb flavours, rich and savoury. Gamey and dense, with good complexity and structure and a firm, persistent finish.”2005
Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
The 2002 vintage is an elegant, sweet-fruited Martinborough wine with ripe plum and spice flavours, savoury and complex, and a firm foundation of tannin. The 2003 was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for over a year in French oak barriques. Deep and youthful in colour, with a floral bouquet, it's an elegant, savoury and supple wine with good richness, complexity and structure.Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines