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Craggy Range 'Te Kahu' Red Blend

Original price $25.99 - Original price $25.99
Original price
$25.99 - $25.99
Current price $25.99
There’s a good chance that you’ve heard the name Craggy Range before.  But if you’ve tried one of their wines, it was most likely a white.  And while we love Craggy Range’s classic expressions of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, their single vineyard red wines are what define them as one of the best wineries in the world.  These exceptional bottles are produced in the premium Gimblett Gravels district, a small subregion of the north island’s Hawkes Bay appellation.

Vines here are planted in ancient beds of the Ngaruroro River, where a mix of gravelly stone and sand alluvial soils create an ideal location to produce densely flavored, concentrated grapes.  This terroir is very similar to what you’ll find in the most premium subregions of Bordeaux – and, unsurprisingly, the grapes that thrive here are full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.

The only problem: these hallowed vineyards produce a very limited amount of fruit.
Just a small handful of wineries get access to these grapes, and so highly coveted bottlings from Gimblett Gravels often sell for $50 or more.  So, when we found the 2018 Craggy Range 'Te Kahu', a classic Bordeaux blend produced from one of the region's best plots, we knew we had stumbled upon something truly special.

This breathtaking red starts off with deep aromas of cassis, black berries, cedar, and tobacco, all of which are accented on the palate by notes of mulberry, cardamom, and toasted walnut.  Seventeen months in oak barrels creates a luxuriously silky palate, smoothing out the rich tannins and creating a powerfully long finish.  Like a great Classified Bordeaux, this wine has the structure and concentration to age for the next 15 years.  But thanks to its unthinkable $25 price point, you don't need to feel bad about opening it today!