Craggy Range 2012 Kidnappers Chardonnay and 2011 Gimblett Gravels Reds

24-Sep-2013
In vintages that are challenging as well as outstanding, Steve Smith MW and his team at Craggy Range put out wines that are among the best in Hawke’s Bay. This is a reflection of their commitment to quality resulting from impeccable vineyard and winemaking work, as well as the most critical decisions in selection and marketing. My recent reviews of the 2011 ‘Prestige Collection’ wines (click here to see) show these wines to be outstanding but also expressing the best the year can provide. If the quality is not there, Craggy Range will not release the wine, as is the case with the 2012 ‘Prestige Collection’ Hawke’s Bay wines. Here, I review the 2012 ‘Kidnappers’ Chardonnay and the 2011 Merlot, Te Kahu’ and Syrah from the Gimblett Gravels vineyard, all exactly as they should be, and wines that set standards for their category and style. The 2011 Gimblett Gravels reds are all notable for their elegance of style and harmonious balance, and thus very attractive. www.craggyrange.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Craggy Range ‘Kidnappers Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012
  • Craggy Range ‘Te Kahu’ ‘Gimblett Gravels Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Franc/ Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2011
  • Craggy Range ‘Gimblett Gravels Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2011
  • Craggy Range ‘Gimblett Gravels Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2011

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