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Supplier Showcase: Craggy Range Winery

MediaPack- Craggy Range Winery
Location: Havelock North, Hawkes Bay

Terry Peabody and his family searched for ten years to find the place and the people that could fulfil a dream – that they could make some of the best wine in the world.

It was this notion of legacy – to create something greater than the here and now – that led Terry Peabody in 1997 to Steve Smith and to the development of Craggy Range. Together they set a plan to buy the best vineyard land, select parcels of grapes grown by the country’s best farmers, and to choose a place for their homes, cellars and country restaurant. Their aim was to make single-vineyard wines – wines that are true expressions of the vineyard’s terroir. And an ambition to make the greatest wines in the land. No small goal and one that is not achieved without considerable effort.

This is a family affair, a legacy born to be passed through the generations.

The Human Hand
Craggy Range combines two first-class talents. Terry Peabody’s success as a businessman now includes being Chairman and Proprietor of Craggy Range working alongside the highly tuned winemaking instincts and experience in the wine trade of Steve Smith, MW as business partner and Wine and Viticulture Director. Their families are involved: son Terry (TJ) Jnr. and daughter Mary-Jeanne sell their wines to the famous restaurants and wine merchants of the world and Terry’s wife Mary oversees their fine-dining restaurant, Terrôir. Their youngest son David, based in the Phillipines, is also a director.

With them are winemakers who respect the land and embrace the science of viticulture and oenology. Winemakers who are aware whatever the potential of the grapes, the ultimate destiny lies in human hands, which play a decisive role in the vineyard and winery.

Being able to indulge in the wines they love, and the blending of so much talent and passion, gives Terry Peabody and his family the feeling that their dreams are in safe hands.

Featured Product: Craggy Range Sophia 2006

Location: Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay, 2006
Variety: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec
Cellaring: 10-15 years from vintage

Vintage Detail: Very warm
Hand Harvested: 100%

Whole Bunch: No
Destemmed: 100%
Fermentation Vessel: Closed top oak cuve
Fermentation: Inoculated
Barrel Type: French Oak
New Barrel %: 60%
Maturation: 19 months
Fining: Yes
Filtration: Yes
Bottled: Dec-07

Alcohol: 14.1
Residual Sugar: Nil
pH: 3.61
Acidity: 5.78 g/l

Tasting Notes:An opaque core colour with vivid crimson hues. Aromas of blackberry, plum and thyme mingle with characters of cedar, sandalwood and tobacco. On the palate, these complex characters are laced with layers of silky tannin, providing structure and flavour persistence. The textural and aromatic elements are seamless, framed by balanced acidity.

Vineyard and winery certified sustainable (SWNZ)

U.S. Distributor:
Westchester, NY
Chris Alton (National Sales Manager)

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Tasting notes from Complexity Wines:
"Sophia means ‘wisdom’. Produced entirely from the Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, it is a blend of the very best Merlot and Cabernet Franc parcels of the vineyard."

    Contact Details:

  • Phone:+64 6 873 7126
  • Fax:+64 6 873 7141
  • Website:
  • Headoffice:253 Waimarama Road
    Havelock North 4230
    Hawkes Bay
    New Zealand