Sophia Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

Craggy Range Winery

Sophia Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: New Zealand / Hawkes Bay

Produced entirely from Craggy Range’s Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, nestled on the right bank of the Ngaruroro River, Sophia is a blend of the very best Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec parcels of the vineyard. The grapes are hand harvested and destemmed before fermenting in closed-top oak vessels. The wine then matures in French barriques.

90 Points

Wine Spectator

2014 vintage
91 Points

VinousMedia.com

2013 vintage
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tasting note

This wine is intensely aromatic with notes of plum, ripe cherries and currants spiced with mocha. Its full, lush body is part of a seamless structure with fine tannins.

food pairing

An excellent companion to juicy beef and lamb dishes.

points of distinction

  • Like southern Rhône vineyards, Gimblett Gravels is covered by stones that absorb the day's heat to radiate it at night, promoting exceptional ripeness.
  • The Gimblett Gravels Vineyard is widely regarded as New Zealand's best terroir for Bordeaux blends and Syrah.
  • In blind tastings, Sophia has repeatedly placed ahead of top First Growth Bordeaux.
  • The 2005-2009 vintages of Sophia have completely sold out in the U.S.
  • about the grape +
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“Craggy Range Winery provides the singular experience of tasting New Zealand terroir with every sip. By selecting and sourcing the finest vineyards in New Zealand and planting them with only those vines perfectly suited to the specific parcels of earth, Craggy Range crafts wines that truly speak of where they come from.”

– Steve Smith, Director of Wine and Viticulture

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