Craggy Range `Gimblett Gravels` Syrah 2008 (12 x 750mL), Hawke's Bay, NZ.

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The palate is packed with taut, yet fine tannins matched by focussed fruit flavours of dark cherry, oak spice and site derived black pepper notes adding to a long finish.

NZ - Hawke's Bay
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

Formerly known as the Block 14, the 2008 Gimblett Gravels Syrah is now augmented with other parcels, hence the change of name. It has a ripe, well defined nose with dark cherries, raspberry, damp earth and a hint of white pepper. The palate is medium-bodied with fine and gentle grippy tannins. It comes across as a more “tempered” Syrah compared to previous vintages, but it is well balanced and silky towards the pure blackcurrant and cassis finish. This divine Syrah will age beautifully.Rating 93 - Neal Martin (OCT/2010)

Previously known as 'Block 14 Syrah', this 2008 vintage is another excellent offering from this superstar winery. Medium-deep purple/red in colour, the bouquet is perfumed and youthful displaying red/dark plum, spice and floral characters. It's beautifully weighted on the palate showing velvety texture, a succulent mouthfeel and plenty of fine, chalky tannins. A gratifying and generously flavoured Syrah with elegance and firm structure. At its best: now to 2016.92 Points, 4½ Stars- Sam Kim Wine Orbit (APR/2010)

A classic every year and this is one of the best ever.5 Top Value NZ Syrah - Bob Campbell MW, Taste Magazine (JUL/2010)

From a producer of stunning and serious syrahs, this is a wine that delivers exceptional value for money, a whiff of roses, a mouthful of dark cherries, spice and pepper – all singing from the same song sheet. Warren Barton, The Southland Times (AUG/2010)

Deep and earthy; nutmeg-smelling, with some floral, aromatic elements. Really pure, fragrant and sapid-smelling, complex. As it is in the mouth, too – sweetmeaty, with sharp, plummy fruit, as well as subtle pepper spice. Chewy and long, with a mouth-watering crispness to the tannin.Rating 94 - Tim White, Inside Out (OCT/2010)

Once called Block 14, now a selection from the expansive Gimblett Gravels vineyard. A wonderful texture sets this wine off beautifully; as it opens in the glass or decanter, we see the depth, warm and richness already starting to evolve and emerge.Hospitality (JAN/2011)

…a deliciously clove-spicy and richly blackberry-fruited syrah with a twist of the pepper mill.Anthony Rose, The Independent (JAN/2011)

For many people, syrah is the great red hope for New Zealand, a variety that arguably shows more promise even than the country’s pinot noir. This is a truly delicious introduction to what the Kiwis get up to with the grape: like a very ripe example of a classic Northern Rhône syrah, it has a lovely balance between the savoury and the fruity, with pure dark red fruit, a touch of liquorice and some freshly milled black pepper.David Williams, The Observer (JAN/2011)

“Attractive, pretty core of concentrated fruit - spiced blackberry and the like. Violet-tinged fruit on the streamlined palate, mineral streaks and a lovely, savoury facet, plus fine tannins.”Decanter (JAN/2011)

Winery Tasting Notes


A dark garnet core illuminated by vibrant crimson hues.


Aromas of crushed rock, black doris plums, liquorice and a hint of camphor combine for a complex bouquet.


The palate is packed with taut, yet fine tannins matched by focussed fruit flavours of dark cherry, oak spice and site derived black pepper notes adding to a long finish.

Food Matching

Wild fowl, game or lamb

Cellaring Potential

Up to 10 years from vintage

NZ - Hawke's Bay
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Cork closure

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It is a philosophy like no other. To select and source the very best vineyards in the country, plant them with only the vines that are perfectly suited for that terroir. Bottle them all as single estate wines. This simple philosophy, to make wines that speak more of where they come from than any other, is what drives their entire systems of farming and winemaking. Craggy Range has the opportunity to craft a wine business exactly the way it wants to, making the most of 150 years of pioneering winemaking in New Zealand

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