Craggy Range Sophia Red Blend 2016
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Deep darkest red. Aromatically complex with notes of ripe dark plum, violets, an autumnal forest and a touch of smoke. The wine exhibits great focus and intensity with fine tannins layered through a core of dark fruit. The wine carries a real seriousness that underlies its youthful charm.
‘Craggy Range’ is a family owned New Zealand winery that began in 1998 and is now one of the most well respected and recognisable brands in the country. Located in the prestigious region of Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay, ‘Craggy Range’ was the first winery in the Southern Hemisphere that specialised in Single Vineyard winemaking, sourcing the very best grapes from New Zealand’s top winegrowing regions, planting on green fields and bare land to ensure a focus on quality from the word go.
History of Craggy Range
‘Craggy Range’ was started by Terry Peabody and is now a complete family endeavour with members working in all different aspects of the business. The Peabody’s are a devoted family who want to see the ‘Craggy Range’ Legacy live on for all future generations, which is why Terry placed the winery in a 1000 year trust! We commend and thank Terry’s foresight … for completely selfless reasons of course. Thinking ahead is a common philosophy within the Craggy Range family as the trust is also designed to set up generational guardianship of the land, so that not only with the land stay preserved, our glasses will stay full. Sustainability is at the forefront of what ‘Craggy Range’ does, allowing them to support their needs for today while providing an economic, biological and environmentally-minded future for tomorrow.
Craggy Range Wine Portfolio
‘Craggy Range’s’ wine portfolio consists of three collections. ‘The Family Collection’, ‘The Appellation’, The iconic ‘Prestige Collection’ as well as limited release wines. The family collection consists of our favourites, the Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Syrah, Pinot Noir, a Bordeaux Blend and staff favourite the Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay. The ‘Prestige’ collection showcases the ‘Le Sol Syrah’, ‘Sophia Red Blend’ and the ‘Aroha Pinot Noir’. The reputation of the ‘Craggy Range’ portfolio is synonymous with their quality of wines and attention to detail.
For more information on Craggy Range and their wines check out their website here.
Hawkes Bay Wine Region Collection
Back in 1851, Hawkes Bay was the first region in New Zealand to have a winery established, ‘The Mission Estate’. But it didn’t stop there, when it comes to wine production, Hawkes Bay is New Zealand’s second largest region. The Hawkes Bay Wine Region has a 50/50 split between the red and white wines, a fantastic variety of styles flow from its vineyards. The areas tops reds are Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, typically boasting subtle herbaceous notes and intense berry/cassis flavour.
Find out more information on the various Hawkes Bay Wine Companies.
A Rich Wine Culture
Being New Zealand’s oldest wine region mixed with the fact the majority of vineyards are still family owned results in a rich wine culture. There can be wild variation between each vintner and the ethos behind their bottles. Naturally, this has drawn the attention of the public. Numerous trails that highlight the artisan producers and Art Deco architecture wine tourism has excelled in the area.
Hawkes Bay Wine Subregions
Gimblett Gravels is Hawkes Bay’s wine area with the most fame. Although unplanted until the early 1980’s as it was common belief high quality grapes couldn’t be grown in the area. Later, however, methods improved and tastes changed and the area come into its own.
Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers
In 2001 winegrowers and producers united to form the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association, with this unity, the association was able to promote the areas wines to the world stage. The associations brand is based on the French concept of terroir, abiding by the strict classification rules, primarily governed by soil type.
Gravel Based Soils
Gimblett Gravels was the first New World district to receive this designation. The Gimblett Gravels wine growing district covering over 800ha. Being stringently based on the gravel based soils originating from the old Ngaruroro River exposed after heavy flooding in the 1860s.