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Sophia Red Blend

Craggy Range - Sophia Red Blend 2016

New Zealand
Red Wine from Hawke's Bay · New Zealand
Price: £63.95
Case Rate: £63.95
Ex Tax: £41.67
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Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
Winery: Craggy Range
Wine Maker: Steve Smith
Grape: Merlot Blend
Grape Percentage: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Alcohol Percentage: 13.8%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
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Rating 16 pts  JancisRobinson.com
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Country:
Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
Winery: Craggy Range
Wine Maker: Steve Smith
Grape: Merlot Blend
Grape Percentage: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Alcohol Percentage: 13.8%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

Dark garnet colour. Beautifully lifted and complex aromas of spiced red fruits, crushed autumn leaves and sandalwood. Classically composed on the palate with fruit richness given length by balanced acidity and fine dusty tannins. Finishes elegant, dry and long.

Food matching

New Zealand Merlots are beginning to capture a rapt audience, so this is a good one to surprise wine-loving friends with at a dinner party. It makes a good aperitif red, and is a nice match for simpler preparations of chicken, pork, lamb and beef. It is perfect for a light lunch or picnic built around cold cuts and cheese, and you can even try it with fish, though avoid cream sauces and anything too spicy or salty. According to Malcolm Gluck and Mark Hix Chicken Kiev is a great partner.

Expert reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2016) - 16 pts

Still in a ridiculously heavy bottle. 58% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine prefers Merlot unlike most of its peers. 18 months in French oak, 45% new. On the back label owner Terry Peabody tells us it was blended from the best parcels and aged in the best barriques. Blackish crimson. Exotically ripe and alluring on the nose. A bit like a box of chocolates that you vainly try to resist. Then some pretty aggressive tannins grab the palate, followed by some rather prominent acidity that's a tad sour at the moment. Best to drink 2020-2026


James Suckling (2016) - 96 pts

This is really seductive on the nose and already gives an impression of plushness with regal, violet-like florals, plums and mulberries in abundance and all nicely ripe. Additional notes of cedary oak and freshly tilled earth. The palate is full and fleshy and the tannins compose nicely as it builds. Cabernet takes the lead through the long, impressive finish. A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Long aging potential. Drink in 2022.