Craggy Range 2011 Sophia and The Quarry Prestige wines

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Sep 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Written Wine Reviews

Craggy Range Sophia 2011Craggy Range Prestige wines

Possibly one of the finest New Zealand Merlots I’ve had the good fortune of tasting. Now I know a few of you will get upset at the heavy bottle, personally I think there are greater worries in life. The bottle’s heavy, the wine great, and it’s under cork. The sheer theatre of opening such a grand bottle never gets boring.

Craggy Range, well known for quality wines, have really set the bar high with this wine. The aromas of blackberry compote, Christmas cake and hints of herbs and spice. The fruit is intense on the palate. For being such a young wine it certainly has some finesse. The tannin is refined and ripe. There’s no green to this wine at all.

The healthy dose of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc add another layer of complexity. It’s a wine of many levels that just keeps exciting the palate. The oak, of which it spent 18 months in, is present but not dominant. Overall this wine is about as good as you get from New Zealand Merlot dominant wines.

95 Points
5 Stars
RRP $80

Craggy Range 2011 The Quarry

The three Bs apply to this wine. Big, bold and beautiful. It’s simply stunning. It’s classic Cabernet sauvignon with a splash of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It’s elegant despite its youth. Over the next 10-15 years this wine will hit its stride. The Oak, and there’s lots of it, will hopefully integrate further.

The aromas of chocolate mochaccino are already present. The dark, extremely dark, fruit and tapenade let you know who’s boss. The fruit is ripe, and there’s a sweetness on the nose. The oak is also on the nose, but once in the glass for a few minutes it becomes more harmonious.

Once you start to taste the wine you’re left in no doubt about its quality. With deep ripe fruit, savoury layers and drying fine tannin, it’s a standout. Ten years time this wine will be a big hitter, if you can cellar it that long. Definitely serve with food, probably more game than straight beef.

92 – 94 Points
5 Stars
RRP $70


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Written by Jayson Bryant

Jayson’s roots in wine began when his father literally dragged him round France and injected his passion into him. From the age of 8 his family took month long holidays in France travelling through all regions and sampling their wine.
UnScrewed has reinvented the concept of wine tasting in New Zealand and along the way found a new and willing audience. In addition to encouraging straightforward wine tasting, Jayson educates viewers about the effects of regional factors (soil, sun, wind) on wine flavours, and how to buy wine.