Craggy Range 'The Quarry' Gimblett Gravels 2008 Hawke's Bay
Inky crimson and purple ruby appearance. This wine is typically a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend.
N: A complex bouquet of mainly black and a few red fruits: Cassis, gravel, dry sand and flint-like under-currant adds complexity and a little mystery; full, rich and youthful overall.
P: Although this is a dry wine it displays both concentration and complexity with very youthful fruit attributes. The fruit tannins in particular show mostly on the front palate - fine, but still stuck in a teenage phase; The oak tannins are rich and powerful yet bring contrast to the fruit tannins and add a layer of complexity. The acidity is easily medium+. All these structural features provide for both a robust frame to the wine as well as a charming inner core.
Overall a world class example that belongs in the wine cellars of fine dining rooms and smart collectors. 93 Points.