Lest we forget that Hawkes Bay (and, more specifically, the Gimblett Gravels) is just about Syrah, here’s a serious Bordeaux blend from Craggy Range.
Craggy Range ‘The Quarry’ 2008 Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
14% alcohol. A high-end blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Sophisticated stuff: sweet cherry, plum and blackberry fruit nose with some spicy, subtly gravelly savoury notes. Very fine. The palate shows good concentration of plum and blackberry fruit with nice density. It’s structured and savoury with an attractive spiciness. A wine that’s no blockbuster, but it is showing potential for development – it’s the sort of wine that puts on weight with time in bottle, and this needs five or ten years to begin to show its best. 93/100 (potentially more, with time)
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