Craggy Range

I don’t often write about wines from New Zealand, but I’m making an exception for this one: Craggy Range 2009 Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2009. This exquisite 100% Pinot received 94 points from the Wine Advocate, and we understand why.

The 2009 Pinot Noir is an elegant, silky and complex wine, which showcases that year’s strong growing season in the Te Muna Road Vineyard, one of two estate properties owned by Craggy Range in New Zealand. The 33-hectare vineyard is planted with eight clones of Pinot Noir in the cool-climate region of Martinborough.

From the tasting notes:
“A bright and deep rosey red. Fragrant aromatics of red fruits, plum, tree bark, a variety of flowers, spice and earth. 2009 is a year of seamless structure, satin tannins and gentle supporting acidity. The palate is pure, long, very finely textured. The lush mid palate holds a mix of red berries, violets, ruby grapefruit, liquorice and exotic spice. The wine finishes with length, poise and delightful focus.”

As with most Pinots, Te Muna Road can be paired with salmon, pork or lamb. We might end up matching it with two out of three. Seriously.

We started discovering wines from New Zealand, after tasting some of that country’s refreshing Sauvignon Blancs over the summer. The bottle of Craggy Range Te Muna Road 2009 Pinot Noir that we tasted was sent as a sample, but it’s one that we would definitely purchase in the future.

Cheers!

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Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”

4 thoughts on “Craggy Range

  1. Thank you for your kind words about our Te Muna Pinot Noir – we’re incredibly proud of this wine which has been one of the stars of our portfolio since its first vintage in 2002.

    We look forward to you discovering more great wines from our country – I see you’re already a fan of NZ Sauvignon Blanc and hopefully we can convert you to our Riesling and Syrah someday too!

    Natalie Corkery
    Communications Manager
    Craggy Range Winery

  2. Craggy Range was one of the many wineries we visited (and enjoyed!) during our stay in NZ. Not only were their wines wonderful, the view of the mountains made the winery setting absolutely breathtaking!

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