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Sophia, Craggy Range 2013

RegionNew Zealand
Subregion New Zealand > Hawkes Bay
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Sophia Proprietary Red is intensely scented of crushed blackberries and blackcurrants with hints of cloves, cedar and violets plus a touch of pencil shavings. Medium-bodied and laden with muscular fruit, it has a solid backbone of grainy tannins and tons of vivacity in the long, multi-layered finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, RobertParker.com (222), December 2015

This is a Bordeaux-style blend with 62% merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Yield 48 hl/ha, inoculated, aged 19 months in French oak, 42% new. 13.8% alcohol. Beautifully perfumed nose of floral red cherries, plums and blackcurrant, with a subtle fine spiciness. The palate has superbly balanced sweet cherries and black fruits. It has presence and concentration but it’s also quite understated, with fine-grained tannins and a fresh, dynamic personality. So fine, this has massive potential.

Jamie Goode, Wineanorak.com, May 2015

Convincing evidence of this vintage's quality in Hawke's Bay. Hand picked 62% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. In 42% new barriques for 19 months. Bright crimson and very bright fruit that is very beautiful and beautifully balanced. Super ripe but not sweet. Much fresher than the too-heavy bottle suggests. Really very accomplished. Long and neat. Really lovely wine that lasted well in an opened bottle - A Good Sign.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2015

A Merlot dominant Bordeaux blend, the barrel sample of the 2013 Sophia showed a deep purple color and gorgeous nose with notes of warm cassis and blackberries plus tons of baking spice layers and a slight meatiness. Full bodied, concentrated with beautifully ripe, velvety tannins and layers of black fruits, earth and spice flavors, it has a very long in the finish. Sophia was not produced in 2012.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, RobertParker.com (216), January 2015
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