Craggy Range Prestige Collection 2008 Release Tasting

Prince Wine Store - Bank Street

Tasted May 24, 2010 by AlexGarner with 446 views

Flight 1 (5 notes)

White
2008 Craggy Range Chardonnay Les Beaux Cailloux New Zealand, North Island, Hawke's Bay
93 points
Colour: Pale yellow with a green tint
Nose: Flinty with plenty of fresh lemon and mandarin. Toasty nuts and white flowers.
Palette: Huge mouthfeel and plenty of crunchy acid. Powerful and textural with a complex mid-palette but no edges. Long long finish.
Overall: Very interesting and masculine. Not for the faint hearted!
Cellaring: 5-7 years easily.
Red
2008 Craggy Range Pinot Noir Aroha New Zealand, North Island, Wairarapa, Martinborough
89 points
Colour: Mulberry stains
Nose: Savoury dark red fruits, plum and black cherry dominate. Almost sweet raspberry notes as well.
Palette: Very light and plenty of fresh fruit. Very elegant and soft. Subtle spice and coffee come through at the end. Just enough savoury to get by. Silky smooth and surprising length given the fruit dominance.
Overall: Just misses the mark for overall balance, but great elegance and simplicity.
Cellaring: Would be interesting to see what happens over the next 3 to 7 years.
Red
2008 Craggy Range Sophia New Zealand, North Island, Hawke's Bay, Gimblett Gravels
96 points
Colour: Dark cherry
Nose: Big forest fruits and plenty of dried herbs. Tobacco and vanilla as well.
Palette: Silky smooth with soft delicate savoury flavours balanced with subtle currant, cassis and black fruits.
Overall: A really balanced and complete wine and very competitivly priced.
Cellaring: 10 to 15 years, but fabulous now.
Red
2008 Craggy Range The Quarry New Zealand, North Island, Hawke's Bay, Gimblett Gravels
95 points
Colour: Dark purple.
Nose: Quite closed still, but plenty of dried herbs and blackcurrant.
Palette: Very fine dusty tannis. Big ripe fruits and huge all over mouthfeel. Massive long focussed finish.
Overall: A very serious Bordeaux blend and priced correctly.
Cellaring: Could go for 20 to 30 years. Would be exciting to look at over a few decades.
Red
2008 Craggy Range Syrah Le Sol Gimblett Gravels Vineyard New Zealand, North Island, Hawke's Bay, Gimblett Gravels
94 points
Colour: Dark purple.
Nose: Perfumed - violets and rosemary with spicy briar.
Palette: Meaty, muscular with great balance between tannins, fruit and oak. A huge mid palette and a long follow through with a sweet peppry finish.
Overall: Shiraz worth buying and drinking.
Cellaring: Great after a decant, but will really start shining in 4 years.
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