CRAGGY RANGE AROHA PINOT NOIR 2015

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Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"​Aroha is a romantic word in the Māori language of New Zealand meaning love. Reflective of its namesake, Aroha is handcrafted with passion from two unique parcels of Pinot Noir, including one of the legendary Abel clone. The fruit is grown on a slope of an elevate terrace of fertile land at the Te Muna Road vineyard where an ancient dried river bed delivered nutrient rich soil perfect for growing Pinot Noir.

Dense dark cherry colour. 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 this low-cropping growing season with a roundness of red fruit beautifully integrated with layers of savoury dry tannins which finish long."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"​The distinguished 2015 vintage is a single-vineyard Pinot Noir, estate-grown at Te Muna, on the edge of Martinborough. Hand-picked at 24.2 brix, it was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 9 months in French oak barriques (30 per cent new). Deep ruby, it has a highly fragrant, very savoury bouquet. Mouthfilling, it has deep, ripe cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing excellent complexity, good tannin backbone, and a long, very harmonious finish. Already delicious, it should be at its best 2019+."
97/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"​An impressively composed pinot noir from their Te Muna Road Vineyard, the gloriously complex bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, smoked game, truffle and bay leaf aromas. The palate is refined and superbly weighted, and displays outstanding fruit power as well as seductive savoury nuances, wonderfully framed by fine, grainy tannins. The wine is engaging, hugely complex and sturdy. At its best: 2018 to 2027."
5 Stars & 19.5/20 Raymond Chan, June 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Very dark, deep-hearted black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and voluminous with evenly packed aromas of dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit complexed by fragrant dark-red and violet florals melded with whole bunch stalk perfumes. This is seamlessly integrated and very harmonious in expression, with increasing depth, unfolding layers of detail in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and vibrant, lusciously sweet and ripe fruit flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit layered with complexing notes of savoury whole bunch stalk perfumes, dark and dried herbs, intermixed with dark-red and violet florals. The fruit richness is supported by considerable fine-grained tannin extraction, and the wine flows along a velvety textured line with fresh acidity lending tension and drive. The flavours carry to a very long, sweet and lusciously rich, complex-nuanced finish. This is a sweet, vibrant, lusciously rich, dark-red berry and cherry fruited Pinot Noir with complex layers of whole bunch, herb and floral notes on a velvety palate of great depth. Match with wild duck and pork, and Asian cuisine over the next 7-9 years. Hand-picked fruit, packed in small crates and cooled down to 5°C for transport to Hawkes’s Bay for vinification. 45% clone 667, 30% Abel and 25$ clone 114, from the mid-slope Blocks 9, 10 and 16, the Abel from Block 19 outside this area, indigenous yeast fermented with 50% whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 15-25 days on skins and aged 9 months in 30% new French oak barriques."
95+/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, July 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"I visited the Craggy Range Te Muna Road vineyard earlier this year: it’s a striking site. I’d also suggest that winemaker Matt Stafford is pushing Craggy Range to new heights. Classic Martinborough Pinot here, with the dried roses, thyme and dried herbs, cherry and blackberry, and sweetly spiced smoky caramel scented oak. Medium bodied, cool acidity, firm fine grained tannin with spice and savoury ashen whole bunch complexity, cherry and rose oil perfume, intense and very long, with emery tannin trailing in the aftertaste. Yep. Excellent."


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