Craggy Range 2014 Gimblett Chardonnay, 2013 Te Muna Pinot Noir, and 2013 Gimblett Reds

It is interesting and exciting times at Craggy Range. Earlier this year, it was announced that Steve Smith MW, director of wine and viticulture would make a transition to become a part-time director and consultant to the Peabody family and Craggy Range, the venture he was instrumental in setting up in the 1990s. Of course, the owners, Terry and Mary Peabody, their daughter Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson and son David are taking a greater role as the public face of their winery, but they have the benefits of a well-established team and fully-tested operational systems in place.

The excitement is the release of the 2013 vintage Gimblett Gravels wines which Steve Smith and his team have declared as the "vintage of a generation”. In May last year, I was privy (as were a number of wine writers) to a preview of the ‘Sophia’ Merlot-based ‘prestige collection’ wine in the form of separately bottle components, as well as an approximate final blend (click here to see my report). The wine has yet to be released, but the 2013 Gimblett Gravels ‘family collection’ reds are now available. These show the quality of the vintage at the premium level, and give a foretaste of the exceptional nature at the flagship level. Here, I review the 2014 Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay, 2013 Te Muna Pinot Noir, and 2013 Gimblett Gravels Syrah, Merlot and ‘Te Kahu’.


  • Craggy Range ‘Gimblett Gravels Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014
  • Craggy Range ‘Te Muna Road Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • Craggy Range ‘Gimblett Gravels Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
  • Craggy Range ‘Gimblett Gravels Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013
  • Craggy Range ‘Te Kahu’ ‘Gimblett Gravels Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc 2013

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