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Wild Rock Gravel Pit Red

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A Gravel Pit eh? Sounds like an odd place for a vineyard. Though gravels are actually good for grapes, because they make them work hard. And hardworking grapes generally make for much more serious wines. This particular savoury red has savoury, brambly fruits and drying tannins. It's serious - in a good way - NZ red from one of it's best makers (this being an effective second label of Craggy Range and all).

Winemaker's Notes

Grapes/Blend

65% Merlot, 25% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Maturation

13 months in oak barriques (2% new).

Appearance

Darkest red with purple hues.

Aroma

Youthful nose of ripe red plums, sandalwood and cinnamon.

Palate

Generous on the palate with sweet red fruits, fine dusty tannin and lovely fresh acidity that lingers long.

Food Matching

Beef

Alc/Vol: 13.2%

expert reviews about

Wild Rock Gravel Pit Red

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2009 Vintage) says
Full-coloured, fruity and smooth, with very satisfying depth of blackcurrant, plum and spice flavour and ripe, rounded tannins. Softly textured wine, already drinking well. $
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
From Wild Rock Wine Company (a subsidiary of Craggy Range), the 2009 vintage was grown in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, and matured for 18 months in French oak casks (18 pet cent new). A blend of Merlot (73 per cent), Malbec (23 per cent) and splashes of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, it is full-coloured, fruity and smooth, with very satisfying depth of blackcurrant, plum and spice flavour and ripe, rounded tannins. A softly textured wine, it's already drinking well.
2011 - 2016
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A blend of merlot (71%), malbec (25%) and a handful of cabernet franc, this has a dark and imposing colour in the glass with deep purple fruits, mulberry and cassis, some really wild brambly smells here too, all nice and ripe. Has a swish palate, bathed in dark berry fruit flavour. Tannins grip nicely with youthful appeal. Balanced and supple finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
Top buy. Dark, Mouthfilling and concentrated, a youthful Hawke’s Bay red with brambly, spicy flavours, a gentle seasoning of French oak and impressive density
Winestate, March/April 2010 2010
Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This little scrapper from the Craggy Range team is a brilliant medium-bodied wine you can sip on all day long. Blended between merlot and malbec, it has ripe approachable berry fruits, a little fennel seed and it needs little else, such is its charm. The palate rolls through on supple tannins and deft balance.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
89

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