The Te Muna Road Vineyard is one of Craggy Range's blue-ribbon vineyards. In fact, the fruit for their flagship Pinot, Aroha, is pulled from this site.
This wine comes from fruit handpicked from the higher terrace of the vineyard and fermented with indigenous yeast producing a wine with a silky layered texture providing interest and complexity.
Winemaker, Matt Stafford, describes it as 'A dark and brooding Pinot Noir, grown at our secret place in Martinborough, with a wonderful depth and beauty.'
The Te Muna Road Vineyard is located some 7 kilometres outside of the Martinborough township. The vineyard consists of two distinct terraces, the higher comprising very old, stony clay infused soils perfect for Pinot Noir and the lower terrace of younger stony soils interleaved with limestone – providing an excellent environment for Sauvignon Blanc.
Dark cherry with a crimson hue. Dark aromatics with notes of ripe cherry, sage, dried bark and thyme emerging. Wonderful integration of ripe red fruits and velvety tannins across the palate. It has great density yet carries a very elegant feel as it flows towards the savoury dry finish.
Craggy Range produces a collection of iconic wines from multiple regions in New Zealand. Owner Terry Peabody and his family pursued the single vineyard approach to winemaking, planting on green fields and bare land ensuring a focus on quality from the very beginning. New Zealand, with its diversity of soils types offered the perfect location to plant the vines. From the stony, warm soils of the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke's Bay to the volcanic, clay soils of Te Muna Road in Martinborough these exceptional vineyards produce wines with amazing aromatics, purity and complexity. The wines, produced for the Prestige and Family Collections are pure expressions of the unique terroir in which they were grown.
Bright red cherries and blueberries on the nose and palate. This has an elegantly fresh, chalky feel. Bright, even and balanced. Very drinkable, flavorsome and elegant pinot.
This is an approachable drop now, but could happily cellar for another seven to eight years. The fragrant nose offers ripe red cherry, floral, cinnamon, clove, damp earth and a lick of oak spice. Medium bodied, the palate is slippery textured and laced together with savory, grainy tannins. The oak rears up a little on the palate but is relatively balanced by the tangy red berry fruit.