The 2016 Craggy Range Te Kahu, a single vineyard wine from the home block, yet a blend of five Bordeaux varieties, with Merlot taking the lead at 63%, received rave reviews on release. I did not taste it at the time, bought it on spec. Tonight, I opened my first bottle.
Blackberry, mulberry, and black olive flavours blend well together. The fruit intensity is medium in this elegant and smooth wine. The tannins are soft and dry, well integrated. The finish is long, but a little lean.
This wine lacks some power and complexity which I would have expected from the Gimblett Gravels in Hawkes Bay, but it is a lovely wine. It will continue to evolve for a few years.