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2009 Craggy Range Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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Te Kahu is a single vineyard, sourced entirely from Craggy Range’s Gimblett Gravels Vineyard. The name means the mist that rolls down the hills of the vineyard. Craggy Range sources this superb fruit for this particular Pinot Noir.

  • Brix 24.6 average
  • Production Level 27 hl/ha average
  • Hand Harvested 100%
  • Whole Bunch 5%
  • Destemmed 95%
  • Fermentation Vessel Open top oak tanks
  • Fermentation Indigenous yeast
  • Barrel Type French oak barriques
  • New Barrel % 32%
  • Maturation 10 months
  • Fining No
  • Filtration Yes
  • Bottled March-10
  • Alcohol 14.4
  • Residual Sugar <2 g/l
  • pH 3.52
  • Acidity 5.6 g/l
  • Price: $25

Nose: Cherry cola, cranapple, plums and twizzler. I also get notes of vanilla, leather and cedar chest.

Taste: Cedar infused cherries unleash on the front palate that leap into a wave of twizzler’s brand licorice and vanilla-laced strawberry. Solid mid palate with good tannin and acid structure. I like the finish as it lingers well with the cedar and cherry flavors.

W.E.P. Rating: 95%