July 10, 2015

Vertical Tasting: Craggy Range ‘Aroha’ Te Muna Road Pinot Noir

craggyrangearohaThe Martinborough region, on the North Island of New Zealand has been known to produce very ripe, big red style Pinot Noir. This is not the case with the Craggy Range ‘Aroha’ at all. The 2013 Aroha is a pretty wine in its vibrance, as it is in its elegance. The intelligent winemaking regime of careful clonal selection, combined stainless steel and oak cuve fermentation and an oak regime of one third new French oak allows the purity of the fruit at Aroha’s core.

Here are some tasting notes from the vertical tasting of the 2006, 2009 and 2013 vintages.

2006 – While drinking well now, at nine years old it still has life left. It has hit its stride and there is a hint of leather to the earthy, forest floor, cherry and warm nutmeg characters. The 2006 is finely balanced and long with a spicy finish. Enjoy within the next few years.

2009 – This was an excellent vintage and is looking youthful yet. It is still cloaked in pretty violets, cherry and plum fruit which has melded over this time with spicy cinnamon, charcuterie and forest floor. In the 2009, taut acid meets fleshy fruit and leaves fragrance and spice in its wake. Looking good now if you’d like to capture this graceful wine in its still youthful form. However, you don’t have to hurry just yet, while it may not be as perfumed it will last for at least another 5 years.

2013 – Another excellent vintage. The 2013 has plentiful cherry and plum fruit dripping with ripeness and exotic spices and floral fragrance. This incredibly intense fruit is shaped by low level tannins and the complexity is enhanced with white pepper, cardamom and dried herbs on the extended finish.

Supple and velvety, this wine has just entered its prime and is excellent now. Alternatively, lay it down and it will be rewarding you into the coming decade. The choice is yours, however recent history has shown that both are good decisions.

www.craggyrange.com

Other Craggy Range wines click here.

Categories

Looking for a something specific, please use search:

You May Also Like…

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz

Who makes it? Yalumba The Signature is one of the iconic red wines from the Hill-Smith portfolio. It became part of Australia’s vinous history from its first vintage in 1962.  There has been 57 people who have added their penmanship to the label ever since. The...

Kalleske Clarry’s GSM

Kalleske Clarry’s GSM

Who makes it? Clarry's is just one of the succulent red wines from Kalleske. Australian winelover's will already know that Kalleske is a family wine estate based in the renowned Barossa Valley in South Australia. A wine region that is perhaps internationally best...

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

Who makes it? Clonakilla, being one of the first vineyards planted, is an integral part of the modern era of Canberran vinous history. After John Kirk planted his vineyards in 1971, he then released the first wine for sale in the Murrumbateman region in 1976....

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *