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.
What The Critics Say
19.5/20 Raymond Chan
"Very dark, deep-hearted black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and voluminous with evenly packed aromas of dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit complexed by fragrant dark-red and violet florals melded with whole bunch stalk perfumes. This is seamlessly integrated and very harmonious in expression, with increasing depth, unfolding layers of detail in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and vibrant, lusciously sweet and ripe fruit flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit layered with complexing notes of savoury whole bunch stalk perfumes, dark and dried herbs, intermixed with dark-red and violet florals. The fruit richness is supported by considerable fine-grained tannin extraction, and the wine flows along a velvety textured line with fresh acidity lending tension and drive. The flavours carry to a very long, sweet and lusciously rich, complex-nuanced finish. This is a sweet, vibrant, lusciously rich, dark-red berry and cherry fruited Pinot Noir with complex layers of whole bunch, herb and floral notes on a velvety palate of great depth. Match with wild duck and pork, and Asian cuisine over the next7-9 years. Hand-picked fruit, packed in small crates and cooled down to 5°C for transport to Hawkes’s Bay for vinification. 45% clone 667, 30% Abel and 25$ clone 114, from the mid-slope Blocks 9, 10 and 16, the Abel from Block 19 outside this area, indigenous yeast fermented with 50% whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 15-25 days on skins and aged 9 months in 30% new French oak barriques. 19.5/20 Jun 2017 "
98/100 Bob Campbell MW (2014 vintage)
"Very pure, elegant pinot noir that delivers power with consummate subtlety. Red cherry, raspberry, violet and mineral underpinned by spicy French oak. A thoroughly seductive wine that can be appreciated now but has plenty of cellaring potential. 1/6/2016"
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