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Crafted on the French model of Syrah, Craggy Range Le Sol is deep black purple in color, with heady aromas of sweet black berry fruit, blueberries, exotic spices, black pepper and a hint of dustiness. These complex impressions are confirmed on the dense, highly defined palate set in a structure of sweetly elegant, tight tannins and finely honed acidity. The finish is long, penetrating and integrated.
A brilliantly defined nose with white pepper and plum; the palate displayed an exquisite, natural
balance with satin-like texture and a powerful, yet also somehow delicate finish of plum, blackberry and boysenberry." 94 PointsWine AdvocateApril,2008
"A warm vintage in Hawkes Bay ripened this syrah to exotic spices and a beautiful
tannin maturity, both firm and supple. The spice lasts right through it, lifting the
wine and extending the dark fruit flavors through a long finish. One of the best
vintages yet from these sensitively farmed young vines, this is delicious syrah with
that puppylike exuberance that a great young vineyard can give." 93 PointsWine & SpiritsFebruary 2009
From the beginning, Craggy Range Winery has some great land and vineyards and a wonderful home in which to weave the strands together. The first wines made in the 1999 vintage are from small parcels of mature vineyards in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The wines show the character of the vineyards and the Craggy Range philosophy of wine both inside and outside the bottle. In time, as the vines mature on their own estates, the wines of Craggy Range Winery will without doubt express their origin and the commitment and skill of their people.
Hawkes Bay is the second largest wine region, following Marlborough. The area is known for its shmorgasborg of different microclimates and soils. Gimblett Gravels, while sounding like a character out of Lord of the Rings, is a soil and a district in the area. Gimblett Gravels are a gravelly mix that absorb and retain heat, much like the soils of Graves in Bordeaux or Chateauneuf du...Read More About Hawkes Bay
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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