Craggy Range Aroha Pinot Noir 2015
100% Pinot Noir grown on elevated terrace slopes at the Te Muna Road vineyard in Martinborough, where an ancient dried river bed delivers perfect growing conditions.
Hand-harvested fruit, 50% whole bunch, destemmed into a combination of open top stainless steel tanks and French oak cuves. Fermentation with indigenous yeast. Maturation took place in 30% new French oak barriques for 9 months, with coarse filtration before bottling.
Aroha is a romantic word in the Maori language meaning love. This special wine delivers 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 the low-cropping growing season, with a roundness of red fruit beautifully integrated with layers of savoury dry tannins. Finishes long.
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98 POINTS - Bob Campbell MW Wine Reviews, Oct 2017
95 POINTS - The Wine Front (Gary Walsh), Aug 2017
19.5/20 POINTS - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Jun 2017
18.5+/20 POINTS - Matthew Jukes Wine Reviews, Oct 2017
5 STARS & CLASSIC STATUS - Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
FINE WINES OF NEW ZEALAND - This vintage was one of only 14 Pinot Noirs selected for inclusion in Air New Zealand's prestigious Fine Wines Selection 2017
Review in Stuff (Food & Wine) by John Saker, Jul 2017
"This wine's aromatics are sensational, full of red berry fruit-cum-floral charm. It finesses its way across the palate, fine in structure with a generous, yet unshowy, fruit presence. Craggy's best Pinot yet."