Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
#42 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
Deep blackish red. Dark brooding fruit aromas of black cherry, boysenberry with florals, truffle and tar. The palate is silkily structured, with layered fine tannins giving a texture of silk and rose petals. Flavors of the same black fruits and florals, backed with mushroom, bark, fennel and other spices. Dense yet elegant and poised. The finish gradually unwinds revealing bright red berry and violets.
Australian Wine Companion - "Craggy Range has hitherto used corks for all its red wines; why it has moved to screwcap with its more powerful Central wines, but kept cork for this more elegant Martinborough wine I'm not sure. Regardless, the spicy black cherry, plum and spice fruit has excellent precision and focus through the length of the palate."
Wine Spectator - "Smooth and polished, weaving a hint of licorice into the huckleberry, raspberry and plum flavors. A wave of mineral character adds to the depth on the long, refined finish. Drink now through 2016."
Wine & Spirits - "A little pistol of a wine, this packs a range of complex flavors into a tight space. Foresty red fruit flavors are at the center, surrounded by complex herbal notes ranging from black tea to woodland moss and something sharper, lie the bite of fresh parsley. Oak rounds any of the fruit's sharp edges to yield a velvet texture, youthfully compact with the energy to age well."
The Wine Advocate - "With just 5% whole bunch ferment and one-third in French new oak, the delightful 2008 Te Muna Pinot Noir has well-defined nose with raspberry, strawberry and a touch of crushed stones and demonstrates far more clarity than Craggy's other Pinot Noir '08s. The palate is medium-bodied with firm but brittle tannins, slightly lower acidity than expected but with crisp cranberry and raspberry leaf towards the finish. This Pinot has delightful purity and sense of panache. Drink now-2018. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Always dark in color and flavor profile. Craggy Range stays true to those traits with an excellent 2008 from its own Te Muna Road Vineyard. Hints of cocoa, dried herb and leather accent vibrant black cherry and plum flavors, while the tannins are silky and refined. Drink Now-2015"
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Craggy Range Winery
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. View all Craggy Range Winery Wines
About MartinboroughView a map of Martinborough wineries (mahr-tin-bore-ooh)
Situated on the southern tip of the North Island, Martinborough is just across the strait from Marlborough. Martinborough is a town, as well as a region within Wairarapa, which, in turn, is located within the region of Wellington. Just to add more confusion, Wellington is also the name of the city there, the capital of New Zealand. Sometimes the names of these three regions are interchanged, but know that all three names mean the wine has come from the bottom tip of New Zealand's North Island.
Notable FactsThe grape making the most splash from the area is Pinot Noir. It is the region's most planted variety and the one getting the most attention. However, being that it's the neighbor of Sauvignon Blanc land, Marlborough, it uses these climate similarities to produce delicious wines from that grape as well.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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4 ratings, 3 with reviewsShrinkMe - Shallotte, NC210/3/2011Bill Zipper - Ocean Springs, MS412/1/2010Ok the first day, much better the second; actually very good the third day which suggests that it needs a little decanting. Very nice.512/21/2010With 2007 & 2008 California & pacific coast Pinot Noirs so outstanding, any other must be judged against them. I and my guests agreed this wine is "top three" among the PNs we have tasted in the last year. It deserves its ratings. Terrific nose, great fruit flavor. Would compliment most any food, but can stand alone as a glass of cheer. More complex than others.Napa Native - Napa, CA56/25/2010I have written reviews for previous vintages of Craggy Range Pinot Noir and this vintage is no different. Probably one of my favorite Pinot Noirs period, not just my favorite New Zealand Pinot. As you can see by the scores listed, it is one of the highest rated and consistent New Zealand Pinot made. If you are looking for a Pinot which is very fruity with a supple, velvety finish this is your wine. I drank a whole bottle before I even started to think about dinner.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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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