Craggy Range 2014 Te Muna Four and Block 19 Chardonnay

22-Sep-2015
The mainstay of Craggy Range’s production goes into the excellent ‘Family Collection’ tier, and these wines have generally been of outstanding quality from the start. The ‘Prestige Collection’ wines have been nothing short of exceptional, and both tiers have represented the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay and Te Muna Road, Martinborough terroirs superbly. The recent 2013 ‘Prestige Collection’ wines have been spectacular, my rating of the ‘Sophia’ a perfect 20.0/20 (click here to see). Much rarer are Craggy Range’s ‘Limited Editions Collection’, these being small quantities of unique and individual expressions that stand out from the character of the rest of the Craggy Range wines. They represent the distinctive influences of soil, microclimate and terroir of parcels which can be captured by separate bottlings. These wines are available only through the cellar door, the ‘Deep Purple’ wine club and selected restaurants.

Here, I review two 2014 wines forming the ‘Limited Editions Collection’. The ‘Te Muna Four’ is the third vintage of the aromatic field blend of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer of the ‘Te Muna Road’ vineyard in Martinborough. Chief winemaker Matt Stafford describes the inaugural 2012 as "electric” from a cooler vintage, the 2013 as "showing aromatic reserve”, and now this 2014 as "flamboyant”. There’s the belief that field blends are particularly expressive of terroir. The ‘Block 19’ Chardonnay comes from clone 95 fruit from the site adjacent to the ‘Les Beaux Cailloux’ site on the Gimblett Gravels which had its plants removed from the effects of leaf roll virus in 2011. The ‘Block 19’ will "rekindle memories” of the flagship Chardonnay with its "beautiful floral, complex and elegant expression” says Stafford. www.craggyrange.com


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Craggy Range ‘Te Muna Four’ Te Muna Road Martinborough 2014
  • Craggy Range ‘Block 19’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014

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