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2013 Craggy Range Sophia Merlot Cabernets

2013 Craggy Range Sophia Merlot Cabernets

20 Points Raymond Chan
2013 Craggy Range Sophia Merlot Cabernets
20 Points Raymond Chan

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Amazing back-release of this 20/20 vintage for Craggy's classic Bordeaux Blend, Sophia. Beautifully ripe but defined fruit offers a big sense of presence, along with perfectly defined (and now developed) complexities of dried herb and flowers. A a serious wine that will decant beautifully at table, or age for many more. Stocks are limited on this special pre-aged release!

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$130.00 in mixed 6+ or $145.00 per bottle

Overview

Grape

62% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

Its Origins

Craggy Range began with the desire to create a legacy. When Terry Peabody visited New Zealand in 1997 he was introduced to Steve Smith, MW. Terry sensed an exciting possibility in New Zealand; the exceptional climate and spirit of the people aligned with his own philosophy and desire to cut a new path. He wanted to create wines that would become internationally regarded as New World classics. The two men made an important decision from the beginning - to select and source the best land in the country, and to plant the vines perfectly suited to that soil and climate. The winery - one of the most technically advanced ever built in New Zealand - is known for uncompromising standards and meticulous craftsmanship. The "Sophia" is produced entirely from their Gimblett Gravels Vineyard nestled on the right bank of the Ngaruroro River.

What The Critics Say

98/100 Bob Campbell MW

"A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Lifted aroma with pronounced plum and floral characters. A complex array of flavours on the palate including plum, dark berry, chocolate, spice and a hint of violet. Gorgeous wine with plenty of weight and a silken texture and real energy. Will be very long-lived. 25 AUG 2016." Drink 2016 - 2028

20/20 Raymond Chan

"Elegantly proportioned and tightly concentrated with aromas of ripe blackberry fruit entwined with black plums and blackcurrants. The aromatics show beautiful clarity and fragrance with lifted red and black fruits, along with fragrant spices, oak and smoke notes. This has great depth, intensity and finesse. Medium-full bodied, rich, sumptuous and luscious layers of ripe black plum and blackberry fruit are lifted by blackcurrants and sweet herbal notes, with fragrant red fruit, leaf and floral elements. The fruit is enhanced by nuances of spice and subtle oak richness. This has the perfect balance of freshness, vitality and mouthwatering richness, the flavours carrying through to a very long finish. Serve with roast lamb, beef, venison, and with semi-hard cheeses. A blend of 62% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot from the ‘Gimblett Gravels vineyard, fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 19 months in 42% new French oak barriques. 20.0/20 Jun 2015 RRP $72.95." Drink 2015 - 2030

96/100 Huon Hooke

"Deep red colour with a strong purple tint. The bouquet is big on dried herbs and blackcurrant, reminding more of cabernet than merlot perhaps, the palate lush in blackberry, cassis fruit and soft, fine-grained tannins. The fruit ripeness is spot-on. A very stylish, polished red blend of superb balance and refinement. (62% merlot, 19% cabernet sauvignon, 18% cabernet franc, 1% petit verdot) 23 JUN 2015." Drink 2018 - 2038

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Merlot Blend

  • Colour

    Red

  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Alcohol

    13.80%

  • Maturity

    2015 - 2038

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with VENISON

Taste

5

Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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