Sophia Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 2011

Craggy Range

Sophia Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 2011

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: New Zealand / Hawkes Bay
Grapes: 60% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

Produced entirely from Craggy Range’s Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, nestled on the right bank of the Ngaruroro River, the 2011 Sophia is a blend of the very best Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc parcels of the vineyard. The grapes were hand harvested and destemmed before fermenting in closed stainless steel tanks. The wine then spent 19 months maturing in 37% new French barriques.

90 Points

Wine Spectator

2011 vintage
94 Points

2011 vintage
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harvest note

Growing season was slightly soggy, with warm temperatures and more humidity than normal, but extra work in the vineyards helped save the vintage. The North Island, including Hawkes Bay, received plenty of rain and humidity, so vineyard work focused on proper spacing of bunches and managing vegetation. Yields were average at harvest. Thus far, the 2011s are clean and intense; earlier picking resulted in lower alcohol. High temperatures between fruit set and veraison were ideal for flavour development of the Bordeaux varietals resulting in excellent wines that are ripe, flavor rich yet classically elegant and poised. Not overly concentrated or powerful, the 2011 wines show great precision, minerality and tension: an overall “European” complexity.

tasting note

This dark garnet colored wine has expressive aromas of dark berries, cassis, cocoa and wooden spices. Rich sweet fruit and hints of caramel are surrounded by firm, fine tannins which lend the wine elegance and great length on the palate.

food pairing

An excellent companion to roast beef and steak as well as lamb dishes.

technical data

GRAPES: 60% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
PH: 3.72
ABV: 13.3%
AGING: 19 months aging in French barriques, 37% new.

  • about the grape +
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I am fortunate to lead an extraordinary group of people who want to be part of creating something truly magnificent that successive generations can admire and enjoy for years to come. I love our great estates and feel a strong connection to their complexities and subtleties.

– Julian Grounds, Winemaker

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