Monday, 10 January 2011

TN : Craggy Range Sophia 2005, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

This wine is produced entirely from the Gimblett Gravels Vineyard nestled on the right bank of the Ngaruroro River. The wine is a blend of 62% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. The average brix at harvest was between 24.2 and 25. The production level was on average 62 hectolitres per hectare and all the grapes were handharvested. All of the grapes were 100% destemmed. Alcoholic fermentation was conducted using inoculated neutral yeast. The wine was matured for 19 months in French barriques of which 80% were new. The finished wine was both fined and filtered. The pH is 3.63 and acidity is 6.01 grammes per litre. The wine was released on the 1st June 2007. The vigneron was Steve Smith.

This wine was imported by Divine AB.

Colour : Dark blackberry

Aroma : Plums, blackcurrant, spice, blackberry, chocolate

Taste : Fruity, blackberry, plums, blackcurrant, polished oak furniture, spice, grainy tannins

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 358 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Craggy Range Vineyards
Website : Divine AB

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