The quality of the wines across our portfolio is reflected in these great reviews from the Winestate Annual Edition 2012, showcasing the best wines from 2011:

THE BEST WINES OF 2011 - STYLE TASTINGS:

OTHER SPANISH RED VARIETALS & BLENDS

Telmo Rodriguez Al Muvedre 2009, Alicante, Spain

“Lovely grapey presence to the jubey fruit nose, and a pleasant purple fruit palate with great tannins in support – very pretty wine.”

SPANISH MOSCATEL

Telmo Rodriguez MR 2008, Malaga, Spain

“Nose not too sweet, with a lovely savoury element and tons of earthy/spicy characters. Palate described by one judge as “long, shimmering and savoury and yet sweet. Bring on the sorbet!”

PINOT NOIR

Mud House Estate Pinot Noir 2010, Golden Terraces Vineyard

“Lovely wine with attractive, warm, ripe, varietal fruit profile showing a nice earthy edge. Oak is quite forward but the fruit can handle it. Has great texture and warming alcohol.”

MERLOT BLENDS

Craggy Range Te Kahu Merlot 2008, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

 “Rich purple hues and sweet dark berry aormas, with plum and blackcurrant fruit flavours on a weighty palate with spicy oak and soft tannins.”

SHIRAZ

Bilancia la Collina Syrah 2008, Hawke's Bay

“Very Rhone-like style. Prunes and white pepper on the nose, with a mineral-like element. Long savoury palate with pebble-like character, floral fruit, fine tannins and fresh acid.”

Bilancia la Collina Syrah 2009, Hawke's Bay

 “Lovely tight young thing with amazing peppery characters and plenty of everything else to go with it: vibrant colour, bright, spicy fruit, firm savoury tannins and the subtlest of oak.”

THE BEST WINES OF 2011 - NEW ZEALAND - 5 STARS:

Craggy Range Le Sol 2009, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

“This deeply coloured Gimblett Gravels syrah is already highly approachable. Matured in French oak barriques, it has a fragrant, spicy, slightly nutty bouquet. Dense and smooth, with cassis, plum and black pepper flavours. Should unfold well over the next decade.”

Craggy Range Les Beaux Cailloux 2009, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

“Very classy chardonnay from the Gimblett Gravels.  Slightly creamy and minerally, with lovely delicacy and depth of peach, pear and grapefruit flavours, it is weighty and finely textured, with mealy, biscuity and nutty notes adding complexity.”

Craggy Range Sophia 2009, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

“Delicious rich, ripe and smooth in its youth, this Gimblett Gravels blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon also has splashes of cabernet franc and petit verdot.  Matured for 18 months in French oak barriques, it is deeply coloured, full-bodied, sweet-fruited and supple.”

Craggy Range The Quarry 2009, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

“Powerful but not heavy, this Gimblett Gravels red is based entirely on cabernet sauvignon.  Matured for 20 months in French oak barriques, it is deeply coloured and rich, with highly concentrated, blackcurrant-like flavours, hints of plums and spices, and fine, supple tannins.”

THE BEST WINES OF 2011 - NEW ZEALAND - 4.5 STARS:

Craggy Range Syrah 2009, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

“Tight, youthful wine, deeply coloured, with an enticing fragrance of plums, black pepper and spices. Floral, rich and savoury, with fresh, intensely varietal plum/spice flavours, firm tannins and good harmony.”

Craggy Range Merlot 2009, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

“Elegant, concentrated Hawke’s Bay red, deeply coloured, fresh, vibrant and supple, with an array of cassis, plum, dark chocolate and nut flavours that build well across the palate to a rich, savoury finish. Drink now or cellar.”

Craggy Range Aroha 2009, Te Muna Road Vineyard

“Silky-textured, single-vineyard red, hand-harvested and matured for more than a year in French oak casks. Ruby-hued, mouthfilling and supple, with cherry, plum and spice flavours, ripe and savoury.  A ‘forward’ vintage.”

Mud House Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010, The Woolshed Vineyard

“Refined, sweet-fruited wine, estate-grown and tank fermented. Fully dry, with a minerally streak and good intensity of youthful melon, lime and green capsicum flavours, showing excellent delicacy and length. Youthful wine , full of promise.”

THE BEST WINES OF 2011 - NEW ZEALAND - 4 STARS:

Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Avery Vineyard

“Weighty and finely textured, with ripe flavours of peach, grapefruit and lime, lees-aging complexity and a dry, rounded finish. Good food wine.”

Craggy Range Te Kahu 2009, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

“Delicious, drink-young style from the Gimblett Gravels, based mostly on merlot (80%). Deeply coloured, with concentrated blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, a hint of coffee, and good warmth, stuffing and structure.”

Craggy Range Chardonnay 2010, Kidnappers Vineyard

“Subtle style, fermented in tanks and barrels using ‘the traditional techniques of Chablis’. Fresh and fruit-focused, with good weight and ripe grapefruit, pear and apple flavours, slightly mealy, finely poised and lingering. Refined and satisfying.”

Paddy Borthwick Pinot Gris 2010, Wairarapa

“Finely poised wine, fermented in tanks and seasoned oak barrels. Fleshy and vibrant, with fresh, ripe stone-fruit, lychee and spice flavours, a touch of complexity and a fully dry finish. Cool-climate style with good immediacy.”

Mud House Riesling 2010, Waipara

“Lemon-scented, single-vineyard wine, estate grown. Medium-dry style, very harmonious, with lemony, appley flavours, showing good delicacy and freshness, finely balanced acidity and a lingering finish.”

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