Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label

Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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Winemaker Notes

Deep brick red color. Vibrant aromatics of red and black cherries, rose petal, sandalwood and wet earth. On the palate, fresh red fruits and fi ne dry tannins provide a soft yet complex finish.

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W&S 94
Wine & Spirits
This is a Narnia wine, its flavors otherworldly, their shape as regal and bold as a lion’s mane, the ruff of a strange and magical beast feeding on onion grass, herbs, flowers and then meat grilled over an open fire. It has a vibrant lightness and energy that lives in the shadows. This grows on the top terrace at Te Muna Road, where the Huangarua River left a deep bed of gravel and stones under a thin surface of sandy loam more than 20,000 years ago. Steve Smith, MW, planted eight clones of pinot noir segmented into 40 blocks, harvested late after a cool season, fermented with 10 percent whole clusters in oak vats and stainless steel tanks, and aged the wine in French oak barriques (25 percent new). All of that combines into a pinot noir with outrageous complexity and the vitality to support it for a decade in the bottle.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Elegant, with dried floral, baked apple and white pepper aromas and Earl Grey tea, wet clay and wild strawberry notes. The texture is supple, verging on creamy. Drink now through 2025.
BH 91
Burghound.com
Like its 2013 stablemate the pretty and lightly wooded nose is on the reserved side and here too it requires some diligent swirling to coax the mostly red berry fruit, floral and spice scents to reveal themselves. There is a rounded, even gentle mouth feel to the rich and velvety middle weight flavors that are quite seductively textured before culminating in a dusty and moderately firm and persistent finale. This is also already relatively approachable and could be enjoyed now or held for a few more years first.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
This is wonderfully supple and approachable, light on the palate yet not lacking for flavor. Hints of violets and toast flame silky cherry fruit which glides easily through the long finish. Drink now–2018.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium ruby in color, the 2012 Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot noir has very pretty red cherry, raspberry and pomegranate notes over hints of violets, pepper and moss. Light to medium-bodied with just enough elegant flavour supported by chewy tannins, it finishes with good persistence.
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Craggy Range is a family owned winery established in 1997 named by U.S publication Wine Enthusiast magazine as New World Winery of the Year for 2014. It is situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak in the premium wine growing area of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Based on the single vineyard philosophy of winemaking, Craggy Range was the first in the Southern Hemisphere to make single vineyard wines from multiple New Zealand regions with grape varieties matched to place. The winery produces a portfolio of quality wines including the iconic Prestige and Family collections, as well as Limited Editions all reflecting the place and the people.

The grapes, grown in exceptional winery-owned New Zealand estate vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough and Marlborough, are selected for their special soils and unique climates producing wines of character, quality and authority. The architecturally inspired Giants winery complex and vineyard is also home to the Craggy Range Cellar Door and the award winning restaurant Terroir at Craggy Range. Nestled amongst the vines, the four Craggy Range Vineyard Cottages offer self-contained boutique accommodation.

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Part of the Wairarapa region in the southern end of the country’s North Island, Martinborough is a bucolic appellation full of artisan, lifestyle wine producers. Above all else, their goals are to tend vineyards for low yields and create wines of supreme quality. Pinot noir is the main grape variety here, occupying over half of the land under vine.

Comparing topography, climate and soils, the region is nearly identical to Marlborough except that it produces top quality reds on the regular.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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