It is always an advantage to know and tell a story about the wine that you drink with your guests or family. The wines from CRAGGY RANGE have that intriguing story that must be shared..
In 1997 Terry Peabody, an Australian businessman, visited New Zealand.
He was searching the world, at that time, to follow his dream . His goal was to find and start a winery, somewhere in the world, that would create a ‘Legacy’ for his family.
Terry wanted his wines to be sold by fine wine merchants and on the wine list of the world’s best restaurants.
As chance had it, Terry sensed that New Zealand would be the perfect location for his winery. The climate was exceptional and the terroir would accommodate the varietals he would choose to plant.
That philosophy is straight forward. The goal is to select and source the best land and vineyards in the country and plant vines perfectly suited for the terroir.
The winery at Craggy Range is world-class, using state-of-the-art technology. Meticulous craftsmanship and uncompromising standards set Craggy Range’s wines in a class by themselves.
I sampled three outstanding wines from the vineyard.
The second white wine I sampled was the 2010 KIDNAPPERS Vineyard Chardonnay. The wine is produced at Hawk’s Bay, known for its cool, temperate climate, which is perfect for Chardonnay. The cool, yet, sunny environment allows for the development of intense Chardonnay flavors in the grapes. Combine traditional French Chablis winemaking techniques to Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay and the result is a mineral laden, chalky, lemony, peachy wine with balanced acidity and a long finish.
The 2009 TE KAHU Gimblett Gravels Vineyard is a Bordeaux blend wine made from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The wine is balanced, bright, acidic and is dark fruit forward. The wine is intense with soft tannins and is a perfect food wine.
Terry Peabody and Steve Smith have reached their goal of producing world-class wines in less than fifteen years of operation. What surprises me is how affordable the wines are.
The three styles I tried, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and the Bordeaux blend all retail in the $18-$22 range.