Craggy Range "Le Sol" Syrah 2018
Region: Gimblett Gravels - Hawkes Bay - NZ
Variety: 100% Syrah
It is one of the greatest wines produced in New-Zealand, yet, it is not a Pinot Noir but a Syrah.
From the heralded Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawkes Bay on the North Island. This one is now a true icon of NZ.
Craggy Range is a benchmark producer located in the Hawke’s Bay wine region on the East coast of NZ’s North Island. It was set up by Australian businessman Terry Peabody together with noted kiwi viticulturist Steve Smith in 1997. The ambition was to be recognised as one of New Zealand’s iconic wine producers. They settled on the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing district, an ancient river bed of the Ngaruroro River in Hawke’s Bay. The Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, a place of warmth, stone and sandy alluvial soils offered an ideal location for red varieties. To ensure a firm commitment, Terry Peabody honoured the original promise to his family of leaving a legacy for the family still to come and established a 1000 year trust, meaning the winery can never be sold.
Le Sol (French for the soil) is born in the local gravelly soils attracting the sun in summer, the grapes reveal a deep and dark Syrah with purple hues. This is a powerful of big intensity.