Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2019

13.00% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2019
  • WE 95
  • JS 97
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Crafted by the skilled hands of winemaker Steve Smith MW, Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2019 stands as a testament to the exceptional terroir of the Te Muna vineyard. With Steve’s expertise contributing to its excellence, this Pinot Noir displays a striking Burgundy hue with a delicate crimson undertone.

Upon the first encounter, the nose is greeted with a captivating bouquet reminiscent of dried lavender and garigue, showcasing the distinctive Te Muna perfume. The palate offers an elegant journey, with a warm heart of brambled wild berries, hints of porcini mushroom, and a delightful underpinning of red cherry. These flavors harmonize seamlessly with the silk-laden tannins, which artfully frame the wine, creating a harmonious composition that speaks volumes of this remarkable site.

This vintage reflects a warm spring and minimal frost, with a summer beginning on a toasty note. The fermentation process, executed in open-top stainless steel tanks and French oak cuves, draws out the best from the indigenous yeast. Maturation in French oak barriques for 11 months imparts notes of strawberry, blueberry, and white truffle, contributing to the undeniable depth and vibrancy of the wine.

Accolades abound for this exceptional Pinot Noir, with James Suckling awarding it an impressive 97 points, praising its fresh berry aromas and sleekly defined tannins. Wine Enthusiast lauds its richness, balance, and sense of place, bestowing upon it 95 points.

Indulge in Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2019, a wine that marries elegance and intensity, a perfect companion to pan-seared duck leg, fresh pasta, or sautéed mushroom risotto. This wine is not to be missed, whether enjoyed now or cellared for future delight.

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Weight 3.50 lbs

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Critical Acclaim

WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
This is not a timid wine. It's rich and round, wearing its brambly, medicinal, earthy, spicy and floral colors loud and proud. The silky mouthfeel is tugged into place by sappy tannins. There's intensity, balance and structure, and a real sense of place. Drink now.
JS 97
James Suckling
This has hit an impressive trajectory with very well-curated, fresh blueberry, red-cherry and black-cherry aromas, swathed in sweet baking spices and fresh-tilled earth. The palate has sleekly defined tannins, carrying intense, ripe blueberry and red-cherry flavors, amid deeply buried spice. Impressive, this is the finest Aroha to date. Drink or hold.

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Craggy Range Winery, nestled beneath the majestic Te Mata Peak in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, has been crafting exceptional wines since its establishment in 1999 by Terry Peabody and winemaker Steve Smith MW. This family-owned winery has swiftly risen to prominence, producing a diverse range of premium wines that showcase the best of New Zealand's winemaking prowess. While Craggy Range operates vineyards across New Zealand, its heart lies in the renowned Gimblett Gravels region. The Te Muna Road estate, situated in Martinborough, is another key holding, cultivating Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and a touch of Pinot Gris. Additionally, the winery leases smaller plots in Hawke's Bay and Marlborough. Craggy Range's Prestige Collection stands at the forefront, featuring five... Read More
Pinot Noir grapes exhibit a distinct elegance. Their thin skins and tightly clustered berries make them susceptible to disease and challenging to cultivate. However, the rewards of this persnickety grape are extraordinary. Pinot Noir wines possess a remarkable flavor profile, often described as silky, with vibrant acidity, delicate tannins, and an array of aromas. Expect to encounter red fruit notes like cherry and raspberry, accompanied by earthy undertones, floral hints, and sometimes a touch of spice. Renowned regions such as Burgundy in France, the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and California's Sonoma County have become synonymous with exceptional Pinot Noir production. Each region brings its own terroir and climate, contributing to the wine's character. Burgundy, for instance,... Read More

Winemaker of Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2019

Steve Smith MW

Steve Smith MW, a trailblazing figure in the world of winemaking, boasts a career that has been nothing short of extraordinary. As the first viticulturist globally to attain the prestigious Master of Wine title, Smith has left an indelible mark on the industry. Smith's journey began with a fortuitous encounter with Richard Smart during an internship at the Ruakura Research Centre. Under Smart's mentorship, Smith honed his viticultural expertise, embarking on a career characterized by dedication and innovation. His formative years were akin to a viticultural PhD, shaping his commitment to excellence. In 1995, Smith set his sights on becoming a Master of Wine, a milestone he achieved a year later. This accomplishment opened doors and introduced a fresh perspective to the wine... Read More
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Nestled in the southern part of New Zealand's North Island, Martinborough is a captivating wine-producing region with a rich history and an ever-growing reputation for producing exceptional wines. Located approximately 55 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Wellington, the capital city, Martinborough is one of the key subregions within the greater Wairarapa wine region.

The region's viticultural roots trace back to the 1970s when it was discovered as an ideal location for winemaking. Martinborough's climate, often likened to that of Burgundy, France, makes it a prime spot for grape cultivation. The... Read More

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