80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Malbec from New Zealand.
SRP of $21.99 and available for as low as $15.99. Sample received courtesy Gregory White PR for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Craggy Range is a family owned winery specializing in the production of single vineyard wines. Te Kahu (tek kaahoo) means "the cloak" and takes its name from the cloak of mist that covers the hills around our Giants winery. This traditional wine is a proprietary blend of different red grapes grown in our Gimblett Gravels Vineyard. The proportions change to reflect every vintage and to ensure our "house style" is preserved. Te Kahu is a wine of richness, with lovely black fruit flavours, hints of spice and a long, fine graceful finish.When most people think of New Zealand wine, Sauvignon Blanc (or perhaps Pinot Noir) is the first thing to come to mind. And while New Zealand can certainly make a great Sauvignon Blanc (we'll review the Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc tomorrow) that's certainly not the only special wine coming out of this country. Today's Bordeaux style blend is Exhibit A.
The 2009 Craggy Range Single Vineyard Te Kahu Hawke's Bay Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Proprietary Red begins with an enticing bouquet of plum, blackberry, spice and a little vanilla. The wine tastes smooth and rich with luscious fruit flavors. This wine also has well integrated and dusty tannins that really enhance its easy-to-drink nature while also adding a nice level of complexity. The dry finish features fruit and spice notes which last for a while. Honestly, I was really blown away by this one and if I could have found it for just a couple dollars less it would have received a Bulk Buy! Even at $16 this wine is a steal. Highly recommended!
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Taste Rating: 9 Cost Rating: 5
Overall Rating: 8.0
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