2010 Craggy Range Sophia
Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Wonderful nose of ripe red fruits, intense mocha, and fragrant wood followed by full-bodied flavors of bittersweet chocolate, earth, and perhaps leather. Really tasty and bound to evolve happily for several years. Wants red meat.

93+ WA

2010 Craggy Range Sophia


as part of a mixed case.

Presently out. ETA mid-June.

Winemaker's Notes
"Dark garnet core colour. Spicy notes of cinnamon and freshly roasted espresso beans combine with oak and herb notes of cedar and thyme to overlay a ripe blackcurrant base aroma. The palate exudes elegance via a balance of fine layered tannin and mid palate fruit presence. This wine has a soft texture on a mid weight frame, yet has immense length. Recommended cellaring 10-15 years from vintage."

Technical Notes
"63% Merlot/27% Cabernet Sauvignon/8% Cabernet Franc/2% Petit Verdot. Matured eighteen months in French oak barrqiues, 44% new. 13.5% alc."
Wine Advocate
"93+ pts ... Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Sophia has expressive ripe blackcurrant, black plum and black cherry notes over violets, cedar, baking spices and chocolate. Medium bodied, it has taut, youthful fruit laced with oak in the mouth supported by medium to firm fine grained tannins and lively acid. The finish is long. It should drink best 2014 to 2022+."