Craggy Range Te Kahu (Merlot/Cabernets/Malbec) 2010 – $$
Very tired from a intense working-bee weekend up at my skiclub. Lots of carrying, cleaning, building and driving. So I was up for a wine treat to wind down with, and now Tiger is sitting on my lap and purring like a lawnmower…
Craggy Range is a single vineyard producer in the Bay. They boast an excellent fine-dining restaurant at the winery called Terroir that I visited once. I am not very familiar with their wines as they tend to be outside my budget. (Their flag wines are up to and over $100 a bottle, so I leave them for the lawyers to buy). I might have a Te Muna Rd pinot down in the Pool Room but that’s about it.
However, when a wine like this gets a lot of good press, I have to muscle past the $$ reflex and put my two cents in..
Te Kahu is a Bordeaux-style blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec from the Gimblett Gravels vineyard.
The colour is deep carmine in the glass. There is a lovely fragrant bouquet. It’s all red plums and pencil shavings. I’m tasting rich fruit, cinnamon, fine drying tannins, hint of woody herbs, subtle oak. This is not a heavy red; more restrained. All the signs point to a long-lived wine, and a good ‘un, so it would be best to keep my next bottle to open 2015-2018.
It is opening up in the glass as I write, and is showing some class.