Craggy Range Aroha Pinot Noir 2015
Dense dark cherry colour. Great depth of aromatics with notes of plum, dark cherry, sage, thyme and fresh bark coming through. The palate shows a wonderful level of elegance from this low cropping growing season with a roundness of red fruit beautifully integrated with layers of savoury dry tannins which finish long.
The Wine Front – Has that heightened aromatic profile that great Pinot Noir can get, perfumed, rich cherry fruit, mahogany wood back notes, fine spice detail, faint whiff of dried herbs and undergrowth. Brooding power beckons. Savoury tannin drives the wine, dark, juicy fruit swirls, but its the twiggy, briary tannins that are the take home. Structure, firmness, then that flicker of pretty. It’s drinking superbly but you know this will age wonderfully too. Let it unfurl.
World Wine – Dark ruby-red colour with moderate depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is refined in expression with firmly concentrated aromas of dark red berry fruits and black cherries harmoniously melded of soft, complexing layers of dried herbs and whole cluster stalk perfumes. The aromatics build in depth and intensity, unveiling dark-red florals, dark plums and earthy detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and lusciously sweet, ripe fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruits integrated with savoury, earthy plums to form a tightly packed and deep heart. The mouthfeel is soft, plush and seamless in texture with refined structure and grip. Layers of savoury dark herbs and whole cluster stalk complexities unfold to provide considerable interest. Some underlying alcoholic power carries the rich fruit, with ripe acidity lending roundness. The wine leads to a softly concentrated, gently lingering finish of savoury detail. This is a soft, plush, seamless and sweetly rich Pinot Noir with dark red berry and plum fruit with complex whole bunch complexities. Serve with casseroles and game meat dishes over the next 6-8+ years. 60% clone 114, 25% Abel and 15% 667 from the ‘Te Muna Road’ vineyard, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented with 50% whole clusters to 13.8% alc., the wine spending 18-25 days on skins, and aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barriques.
In a mixed or straight case: $118.74