Craggy Range

Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Merlot Blend

8.8205 ratings
8.836 pro ratings
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Hard Cheese, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Duck, Blue Cheese
Top Notes For
Katy Jossy Simanski

NZ is not just for Pinot and SB. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Typical bdx style black currant and cherry with a minty note and under lying minerality.

NZ is not just for Pinot and SB. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Typical bdx style black currant and cherry with a minty note and under lying minerality.

Jan 27th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Craggy Range established in 1997, situated in the shadow of the Te Mata Peak premium wine growing area of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Dark Ruby with black fruit aromas with sweet spice notes. This 5 grape blend of 63% Merlot, 14% Cab Franc, 18% Cab Sauv, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec shows blackberry & a plum flavors with cedar & vanilla. Fine soft Tannins, rich and complex on a lingering finish. Great value, but screw cap so drink now as I am learning screw caps do not allow proper bottle age!! Tasting Sample!

Craggy Range established in 1997, situated in the shadow of the Te Mata Peak premium wine growing area of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Dark Ruby with black fruit aromas with sweet spice notes. This 5 grape blend of 63% Merlot, 14% Cab Franc, 18% Cab Sauv, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec shows blackberry & a plum flavors with cedar & vanilla. Fine soft Tannins, rich and complex on a lingering finish. Great value, but screw cap so drink now as I am learning screw caps do not allow proper bottle age!! Tasting Sample!

Jan 18th, 2020
Isaac Pirolo

Interesting Right Bank style red. Currant, plum, dried herbs, damp earth, and a touch of vanilla.

Interesting Right Bank style red. Currant, plum, dried herbs, damp earth, and a touch of vanilla.

Sep 28th, 2017
Douglas Renall

Concentrated fruit, smooth oak, fairly priced #nzwine

Concentrated fruit, smooth oak, fairly priced #nzwine

1 person found it helpfulMar 29th, 2017
Nicole Jensen

Beautiful with Lindt chocolates. Light and fruity, great summer drop.

Beautiful with Lindt chocolates. Light and fruity, great summer drop.

1 person found it helpfulDec 25th, 2014
Brett Jones

Deep ruby, spicy plum, dry, gentle tannins, blackcurrant with cinnamon notes, very approachable and satisfying.
A Merlot dominant blend from the special Gimblett Gravels Vineyard in Hawkes Bay.

Deep ruby, spicy plum, dry, gentle tannins, blackcurrant with cinnamon notes, very approachable and satisfying.
A Merlot dominant blend from the special Gimblett Gravels Vineyard in Hawkes Bay.

1 person found it helpfulDec 14th, 2014
Peter Plaehn

Silky tannins and wonderful balance.

Silky tannins and wonderful balance.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 5th, 2014
Scott Taddeo

Feels safe and conjured. Nothing at all wrong with the wine, but no fireworks here.

Feels safe and conjured. Nothing at all wrong with the wine, but no fireworks here.

Apr 19th, 2017
Sipping Fine Wine

Craggy Range is a family owned winery established in 1997 and situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak premium wine growing area of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Based on the single vineyard philosophy of winemaking, Craggy Range was the first in the Southern Hemisphere to make single vineyard wines from multiple New Zealand regions. Dark inky red with black fruit aromas with sweet spice notes. This 4 grape blend of 69% Merlot, 9% Cab Franc, 13% Cab Sauvignon and 8% Malbec shows blackberry flavors with cinnamon and vanilla spices. Tannins are fine, rich and complex on a lingering finish. Great value!

Craggy Range is a family owned winery established in 1997 and situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak premium wine growing area of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Based on the single vineyard philosophy of winemaking, Craggy Range was the first in the Southern Hemisphere to make single vineyard wines from multiple New Zealand regions. Dark inky red with black fruit aromas with sweet spice notes. This 4 grape blend of 69% Merlot, 9% Cab Franc, 13% Cab Sauvignon and 8% Malbec shows blackberry flavors with cinnamon and vanilla spices. Tannins are fine, rich and complex on a lingering finish. Great value!

Nov 12th, 2016
Aimee Duell

Aggressively tannic. Meh.

Aggressively tannic. Meh.

Apr 9th, 2016