2018 Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels VIneyard Red Blend

Year: 2018
Appellation: Hawkes Bay
Country: New Zealand
Wine Spectator: 92
James Suckling: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Sophisticated, with touches of black walnut liqueur, kirsch and spicy tobacco. Cardamom, blueberry and cedar notes linger, with dense, toothsome tannins. Fragrant and balanced on the finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2035. 7,900 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. -MW" (WS)

"This has a very rich plum nose with mulberry and well-integrated, spicy French-oak character. The palate has such well-judged balance and even shape. Super fresh and vibrant red plums and mulberries abound. The tannins are so smooth and layered. A thoroughly respectable Kiwi claret! A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Drink or hold. Screw cap." (JS)

"This is a hodgepodge of Bordeaux varieties with Merlot leading the pack. The relatively cool climate winemaking is on display here via freshness and fruity tang. But there's initially a blanket of reductive funk on the nose. Underneath peeps some lovely juicy berry fruit and green peppercorn spice, which, with time in glass, floats to the fore. Things improve greatly on the palate where a lift of acidity brightens the fruit. Tannins are sinewy and muscular, and a savory spice note flows through to the finish. -Christina Pickard" (WE)

Winery Notes:

66% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc

The fruit for Te Kahu is grown in the Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, which enjoys one of the warmest, driest, most sundrenched climates in New Zealand. Stony gravel in the soil forces the vines to fight for water,giving the grapes a particular vibrancy.

A warm and dry spring and summer in the 2018 growing season gave way to late season rains near harvest time.The grapes were able to develop optimally and most were picked prior to the rainy end of the season.

Deepest crimson red. Brooding aromatically with notes of cassis, black olive, dried tobacco and the faintest hintof caramel. The wine has lovely focus on the palate with dark fruits framed by fine tannins to deliver a classical structure with an excellent future ahead.