The 2014 vintage of this wine was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2019 Claret Alternatives article; (see blue link below). The 2014 is in very short supply, so we also offer the excellent 2015 vintage.
Craggy Range, Sophia, Gimblett Gravels 2014 - February 2019 Decanter review
Craggy Range produces a collection of iconic wines from multiple regions in New Zealand. Owner Terry Peabody and his family pursued the single vineyard approach to winemaking, planting on green fields and bare land ensuring a focus on quality from the very beginning. New Zealand, with its diversity of soils types offered the perfect location to plant the vines. From the stony, warm soils of the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke's Bay to the volcanic, clay soils of Te Muna Road in Martinborough, these exceptional vineyards produce wines with amazing aromatics, purity and complexity.
This is a refined and elegant hand-crafted, Merlot dominant blend that represents both the vigneron’s art and inherent understanding of the land, ensuring ‘Sophia’ is the finest expression of the terroir and the people. ‘Sophia’, meaning ‘wisdom’ in greek mythology, pays tribute to the goddess of knowledge and experience, information and understanding - a philosophy adopted by their winemakers and viticulturists when creating this wine.
See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Craggy Range.
Craggy Range Sophia Red Blend 2014 - fiche technique
61% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc.
The grapes for this wine are hand harvested and are 100% destemmed. Fermentation occurs in closed top French oak cuves using innoculated yeast. The wine then matures over a period of 19 months in French oak barriques, 42% of which are new.
The wine is of the darkest red colour. The aromas brood aromatically with blackcurrant, blackberry, dried red rose and cedar notes emerging. The wine exerts elegance across the palate with a pure red /black fruit core drawn long by layers of fine grained tannins.