Craggy Range Winery Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels 2007

Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Item No. 104038
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • RP92
  • WE90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

Te Kahu is a single vineyard proprietary red wine sourced entirely from Craggy Range's Gimblett Gravels Vineyard.

"Te Kahu" means "the cloak" in New Zealand's native Maori language. It symbolizes the mist which rolls down and covers the valley next to Craggy Range's Giants Winery in Hawkes Bay.

Opaque garnet core with youthful crimsom hues. Aromas of ripe plum and fruit cake characters neatly meshed with sandalwood and spicy cinnamon overtones. The overall aromatic impression is one of brooding complexity. Fine layers of mouth filling tannin provide the texture and structure to support ample fruit flesh. Natural acidity completes this seamless integration, resulting in wine with uncommon length and power

Critical Acclaim

"The 2007 Te Kahu Proprietary Red, a Bordeaux blend matured in new French barriques, has a deep dark chocolate-scented nose with dark cherry, Doris plum, cedar and a touch of freshly rolled tobacco. Good definition. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, great depth, a little furry at the moment with mouth-coating black fruits. Smooth and focused, primal and sensuous on the finish with a slight bitter cherry edge. Broody but it draws you in. "
92 Points

"The winemaking at Craggy is becoming less intruisve, and the result in this Merlot-predominant blend is a supple wine blessed with ample cassis fruit and framed by hints of brown sugar, vanilla and dried herbs. It's medium-bodied in the mouth, with a silks finish. Drink now-2013"
90 Points

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(9/26/2010) nailed the description of this wine perfectly, Smooth & Supple which usually does not describe a New Zealand Red wine but it does in this case. This wine is a great discovery you will enjoy sharing and surprising your friends with.
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Learn About Craggy Range Winery Map ItMap It

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.

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