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Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 2011

Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 750ml 2011      
Sku: 1754032*

The fruit for Te Kahu is grown in the Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, which has one of the warmest, driest, most sundrenched climates in New Zealand. Stony gravel in the soil forces the vines to fight for water, giving the grapes a particular vibrancy. Fruit is hand harvested and destemmed before undergoing fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine is matured in oak barriques before bottling.

Tasting notes
Blackberry, cinnamon, and minerals mesh for an intense and complex aroma and flavor profile. Layers of fine tannin lend tension to the opulent fruit flavors and provide the framework for the long and intense finish.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 87 points (Oct 2013)
A blend of 69% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Malbec, the deep garnet-purple-colored 2011 Gimblett Gravels Te Kahu has a nose of warm plums, crushed black currants and wild blueberries with nuances of cedar, toast, cloves and dried mint. Light to medium-bodied with a slightly hollow mid-palate, it nonetheless gives very drinkable, delicate, black fruit and spice flavors in the mouth supported by crisp acid and chewy tannins. It finishes medium to long. Drink it now to 2017+.

Food pairing
Terrific paired with red meat dishes.

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Gimblett Gravels
Country: New Zealand
Region: Hawkes Bay
Sub-Region: Gimblett Gravels
Grape Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
Type: Still wine
 
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