Craggy Range ‘Aroha’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012

It has been wonderful to see the evolution of Pinot Noir from Craggy Range’s plantings on Te Muna Road in Martinborough over the last decade. From the first release, the style of the wine has grown into itself; the initial releases being statement wines, followed by a series of wines which expressed reduced winemaker style input, to the current wines which allow the vineyard to speak with clarity. This was very evident at a 10 Year Celebration of the Te Muna Vineyard and a vertical tasting of the Pinot Noir wines from 2002 to 2011 last year (click here to see my report). From the point of terroir expression, 2011 can be considered a marker point for Craggy Range Pinot Noir, and especially for the ‘Aroha’ ‘Prestige Collection’ wine which saw a focus on the Abel and 114 clones from two blocks that have consistently provided the best fruit for complex aromatics and superior textures. In a sense, a "new breed” of ‘Aroha’ was launched in 2011, and this has been vindicated with the recent gold medal awarded to the 2011 vintage at the ‘Global Pinot Noir Masters’ competition in the U.K. Here, I review the 2012 release, from a more challenging, late vintage.


  • Craggy Range ‘Aroha’ ‘Te Muna Road Vineyard’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012

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