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Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Te Kahu 2016 (1x 75cl)

** TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE, WE REMAIN THE ONLY SUPPLIER OF THIS WINE IN THE UK. BEWARE THE STOCKIST ON winesearcher.com WHERE THIS WINE SHOWS AS 2016 BUT IS, IN FACT, 2015!! **

** WE HAVE NOW SOLD ALL OUR IMMEDIATE STOCKS, AND MORE SUPPLIES ARE ON THEIR WAY FROM NEW ZEALAND. HOWEVER, THESE WILL NOT ARRIVE UNTIL EARLY FEBRUARY. AT THIS RANGE, WE WOULD PREFER NOT TO TAKE PAYMENT FROM INTENDING CUSTOMERS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER SOME, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR REQUIREMENTS TO US ON communications@exelwines.co.uk. WE WILL ADD YOU TO OUR WAITING LIST, CONFIRM THAT REQUEST BY EMAIL AND WILL CONTACT YOU WHEN THE WINE LANDS IN EARLY 2020 FOR PAYMENT. **

** 12 BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER ONLY (NB: the 2015 is also available without limits) **

Awarded a Platinum & Best in Show medal and 97 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2019 DWWA winners, click here.

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.

Te Kahu means 'the cloak' in Maori and refers to the mist that envelops Giants Winery in the Tukituki Valley. Legend has it that this mist was used to protect a mythical Maori maiden from the sun as she visited her lover Te Mata.

The grapes are completely destemmed before fermentation begins in closed top stainless steel tanks with the yeast being innoculated into the must. The wine then spends 10 months maturing in oak barriques (28% are new) before being fined, filtered and released for sale.  

63% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec.

The Te Kahu is a deep crimson red. It has complex aromatics of ripe plum, a touch of cassis, fresh rosemary and roasted meats. The palate is generous and approachable but also has a high level of sophistication with fine grained tannins enveloping a dense body of succulent black fruits. This wine has the ability to age for around 12 years from vintage.

To see Craggy Range's information sheet for this wine please click on the blue link below.

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Te Kahu 2016 - fiche technique

ABV = 13.4%.

£21.50

Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah 2015 (1x75cl)

The 2013 vintage was awarded 98 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com(see blue link below).

Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah 2013 - Dec 2017 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.

Le Sol is born of the renowned Gimblett Gravels viticultural appellation with its gravelly soils attracting the sun in summer and insulating the vines in winter. The vines are planted in the stoniest parts of the vineyard to a heritage clone of Syrah brought to New Zealand in the 1840s.

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested and completely destemmed before fermentation was allowed to start. They used a combination of open top French oak cuves and open top stainless steel tanks for the fermentation process with yeast being added to the must. The wine was then allowed to mature in French oak barriques (30% new) for 17 months.

To see Craggy Range's information sheet for this wine please click on the blue link below.

Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah 2015 - fiche technique

100% Syrah.

Le Sol has a colour of the deepest red with a vibrant purple hue. This is an expressive cool climate Syrah with lifted notes of violets, fresh boysenberries, sandalwood and a hint of dried, peppered meat. The palate has a dense core of dark fruits beautifully integrated by acidity and fine, dusty tannins giving the wine a long, elegant feel towards the dry finish.

ABV = 13.5%.

£52.60

Miolo Lote 43 2012 (1x75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2019 edition article on Brazil (see blue link below).

Miolo Lote 43 2012 - October 2019 Decanter review

The Miolo estate was founded in 1897, after Italian immigrant Giuseppe Miolo arrived in Brazil with a passion for grapes and vines. He bought a piece of land called Lote 43 and started to plant grapes, bringing the tradition of Italian winemaking to Brazil. Today, the business is still lead by the Miolo family and one of the estate’s most elegant wines is named after this first parcel.

After almost a century of growing grapes, the company started to make its own wine in 1990. Nowadays, Miolo produces 15 million litres of wine per year – red, white and sparkling – with grapes grown on 1200 hectares of vineyards. The aim of the winery is to create a range of sparkling, red and white wines that have Old World character, but also with their own Brazilian twist. It has become Brazil’s number one producer; exporting more wine than any other Brazilian winery.

The winery is located in the Vale dos Vinhedos region, situated between the cities of Bento Goncalves, Garibaldi and Monte Belo. Translated as ‘the valley of vineyards’, the Vale dos Vinhedos is the only region in the country with a certification of geographical indication. However, Miolo have vineyards all over the country – all the way down to Campanha, by the Uruguayan border.

It is impossible to talk about Miolo without mentioning Miolo Lote 43. Produced with the best vintages only, this signature red wine reflects the story of the Miolo family. Upon arrival in Brazil in 1897, patriarch Giuseppe Miolo purchased his land lot, known as Lote 43, in Vale dos Vinhedos, where Miolo Winery is located today. Not only does this wine pay honors to the family patriarch, it also expresses the most distinctive characteristics of the region.

The grapes were hand picked in boxes of 20 kilos from Lote 43. The grapes were selected by hand on a selection table. The alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at a temperature from 28 to 30 º C for approximately 15 days, the pomace being mixed with the wine by pumping over. After the fermentation, the tanks were closed and the wine was left 15 to 20 days in contact with the skin. Malolactic fermentation occurred spontaneously and immediately. The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines were aged separately, 50% in new barrels of American oak and 50% in French oak barrels for a period of approximately 12 months. The wine was bottled without filtration, to ensure greater aromatic intensity. After bottling the wine was stowed in the cellars of Miolo to rest.

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot.

Aromas include liquorice, tar, dark chocolate, mocha and spice. Good fruit concentration; firm tannins and a savoury note. A full-bodied, modern style.

£21.55
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