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CRAGGY RANGE SOPHIA MERLOT / CABERNET FRANC / SAUVIGNON 2016

95 Points
5 Stars Raymond Chan
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  • Closure: Cork
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.3%
  • Grape: 58% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon

$139.99 $126.00 elsewhere $139.99

Regions : Hawkes Bay

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Selected for Gimblett Gravels 2016 Annual Selection Dozen


58% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc & 19% Cabernet Sauvignon


Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"​A refined and elegant hand-crafted merlot dominant blend that represents both the vigneron’s art and inherent understanding of the land, ensuring ‘Sophia’ is the finest expression of the terroir and the people. ‘Sophia’, meaning ‘wisdom’ in greek mythology, pays tribute to the goddess of knowledge and experience, information and understanding – a philosophy adopted by our winemakers and viticulturists when creating this wine.

Deep darkest red. Aromatically complex with notes of ripe dark plum, violets, an autumnal forest and a touch of smoke. The wine exhibits great focus and intensity with fine tannins layered through a core of dark fruit. The wine carries a real seriousness that underlies its youthful charm."


94/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2016 Vintage)
"Distinctive almost powerful bouquet with an attractive dense, rich plum and black fruits core, plenty of spicy toasty oak, dark baking spices and wood smoke. Dry, bold, oaky and fruity on the palate with significant tannins and equal acidity – a tense and youthful texture package contrasted by ripe berry fruits flavours, sweet oak and loads of complexity. Really lovely wine holding onto its signature of softness from Merlot and an iron-fisted of Cabernet. Lengthy finish – drink now if decanted, best from 2020 through 2030."


5 Stars & 19.0+/20 (95) Raymond Chan, September 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Full, even, impenetrable black-hued red colour with purple hues on the edge, youthful in appearance. The nose is fine in proportion with a tight and stylish core of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit aromas, along with blackcurrants and subtle cassis and dark herb notes. This is beautifully soft and refined in expression, and the componentry is harmoniously interwoven. With aeration, fragrant, spicy and cedary oak notes emerge. Full-bodied, the palate has rich, vibrant and lively, mouthfilling flavours of sweet and spicy black plums and blackberry fruit along with notes of blackcurrants, cassis, redcurrants and a layering of dark herbs. The rich and sweet fruit forms a well-concentrated, but rounded core, and the fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannin structure, with light acid vibrancy. As the wine flows, spices, nuts and cedary oak emerge to add to the richness and dimension, and lead to a long, concentrated finish. This is a rich and vibrant, mouthfilling Merlot-based wine with plum and currant flavours on a fulsome palate revealing complexing spice, nutty and oak elements. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venison over the next 10-15 years. Hand-picked fruit, a blend of 58% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc and 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented to 13.3% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 45% new French oak barriques."

We provide a door to door delivery service nationwide. Delivery charges are calculated on a 12 bottle case or part there of.

Delivery charges are calculated during the checkout process. Please ensure you choose the correct delivery region. We will advise you if you have chosen the incorrect delivery region.

You may also choose to 'pick up' your order from our wine shop at 188 Durham Street South, Christchurch.

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that it may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on (03) 3655134.

Note, for orders of 1 - 3 bottles we may charge extra for packaging. To ensure the safety of the bottles we use specially designed posting boxes. You can find posting & gift options here.

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