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Craggy Range - Syrah Gimblett Gravels 2010

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  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Hawkes Bay
  • Wine Maker: Steve Smith
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.7%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2022
Food Matching

Food Matching

New Zealand Shiraz is still a new kid on the block, so a good one to surprise your wine-loving friends with and also to compare with Australian Shiraz and French Rhône wines . This wine will match well with ingredients towards the robust, full-flavoured and spicy end of the spectrum, and makes for a sophisticated barbecue wine. It will suit casseroles and game, though not fish and anything with a creamy sauce.

RP: 88 (2010) JR: 16.5 (2010) WF: 91 (2009) BC: 90 (2010) MC: 4.5 Stars (2010) SK: 94 (2010) RC: 18.5 (2010) Misc: 5 (2010)

Wine tasting notes

A dark garnet core illuminated by vibrant crimson hues. Aromas of crushed rock, black doris plums, liquorice and a hint of camphor combine for a complex bouquet. The palate is packed with taut, yet fine tannins matched by focused fruit flavours of dark cherry, oak spice and site derived black pepper notes adding to a long finish.

Expert Reviews

Robert Parker (2010)88 pts #203. Oct 2012. Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Gimblett Gravels Syrah has aromas of warm blackberries, black cherries and cassis with hints of black pepper, licorice and tar. Medium bodied, the black berry laced palate is just a little lean in the middle with a medium level of chewy tannins and crisp acidity, finishing with medium to long persistence. Drink this one now to 2017+.

Jancis Robinson (2010)16.5 pts

Tasted May 2013 - Deep black cherry colour with opaque core. Peppery, tender dark fruit with a firm texture and sweet chocolate oak overlay but not OTT. Dry and dense but not heavy. Much more Syrah than Shiraz but there's cherry chocolate on the finish. (JH)

Wine Front (2009)91 pts

This is a single vineyard wine from the Gimblett Gravels of Hawke’s Bay. Bought from a tiny bottle shop in nearby (to the vineyard) town of Napier. Clearly identifiable as Hawke’s Bay syrah. Lots of white pepper and boysenberry, black cherry and woodsmoke. Edgy, sulphury notes. Good length. Not a huge amount of depth or presence but a most pleasurable drinking experience.

Bob Campbell MW (2010)90 pts

Few wines manage to be rich (big, mouth-filling and mellow) and vibrant (tangy, bright, fresh and full of energy) but Craggy Range Syrah somehow manages it. The result is a Syrah that's choc-full of ripe berry flavours and shot through with tangy spices. It's big, quite complex and very satisfying.

Michael Cooper (2010)4.5 stars

Floral, finely textured Hawke’s Bay red. Rich, purple-flushed hue. Weighty and intensely varietal, with fresh, concentrated, blackcurrant and spice flavours and ripe, supple tannins. Full of potential.

Sam Kim (2010)94 pts

This is stunning. The bouquet is beautifully perfumed, displaying blue/blackberry, floral, game and spice notes with elegantly infused cedary oak. It's concentrated, succulent and supple on the palate with velvety texture, finishing extremely long, backed by plenty of cushioned tannins. A young beauty showing excellent harmony and integration, making it so approachable now but will no doubt age with grace.

Raymond Chan (2010)18.5 pts

Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, bright and youthful in appearance. This has a very fine, soft and penetrating bouquet combining fresh black berry and peppery fruit, lifted with violetty floral elements, and spiced with liquorice and toasty oak char and nuances of bacon. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, bright black berry fruits with black pepper and Asian spice flavours show excellent depth. Apricot and floral notes show with fresh acidity, and the palate is underscored by very fine tannins that provide a dry and refined mouthfeel. This has a very long finely textured finish. Match this elegant, spicy and finely structured Syrah with Asian duck and Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 6-7+ years.

Miscellaneous (2010)5 stars

Yvonne Lorkin - “The colour of this wine is insane, it’s impenetrably purple black, like glossy squid ink or something. It’s going to take you ages to actually sip this wine because it smells so gorgeous and every sniff reveals something different. Cocoa, cracked pepper, blackberry, violets, plum, liquorice, coffee, iodine and graphite. In the mouth it’s plush, slippery and incredibly elegant, and it has supple, stretchy tannins and a long, smoky finish. Great drinking now but will develop beautifully in the next five years.”

Miscellaneous (2010)

North & South - "Few wines manage to be rich (big, mouth-filling and mellow) and vibrant (tangy, bright, fresh and full of energy) but Craggy Range Syrah somehow achieves it. It’s a syrah that’s full of ripe berry flavours and shot through with tangy spices. A big, quite complex and very satisfying wine that has beaten many far more expensive Aussie wines in the head-to-head combat of blind wine tasting. It has French finesse, the concentration of old vine Aussie shiraz and an x-factor that’s pure Kiwi. A true bargain at this price, it’s a wine with great cellaring prospects. I recently opened a 2004 vintage. It was sublime."

Vinification Notes

Destemmed 100%. Fermentation vessel : Stainless steel and French oak cuves. Fermentation : Innoculated Barrel Type : French oak barriques. New Barrel % : 40%. Maturation : 18 months. Fining : No. Filtration : Yes.