Monday, 19 April 2010

TN : Craggy Range Te Kahu Single Vineyard 2005, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

This wine is a blend of 78.8% Merlot and 21.2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The brix at harvest was 24.2 average, yield was 69 hectolitres per hectare average. All of the grapes were hand-harvested. There was no whole bunch fermentation. All of the grapes were 100% destemmed. The must was fermented in closed stainless steel fermentation vessels and started using inoculation. French oak barrels were used to mature the finished wine; 55% of the barrels were new and the wine spent 19 months in the barrels. The wine was fined and filtered before bottling in October 2006. The residual sugar was 0, pH was 3.72, and acidity was 6 grammes per litre.

Te Kahu means the cloak in native Maori.

Colour : Dark red/blue hues

Aroma : Plums, blackcurrant, herbs, cedar

Taste : Plums, blackcurrant, cedar, mineral, warm finish, talcum powder tannin finish

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 199 SEK (March 2009)

Mark : A-

Website : Craggy Range

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