Complexity New Zealand Wine Event with Craggy Range and Wine Channel TV
Before heading to Denver to meet with the New Zealand wineries at the NZ Complexity Event, I was reading through one of my favorite Andre Domine wine books I studied while becoming a Certified Sommelier entitled “Wine” to brush up on any wineries that may be there. Lucky enough, almost half of the Kiwi wineries listed in the book were there and it was quite an honor to meet with them!
The Complexity Wine Event kicked off with a lecture/tasting by Steve Smith MW of Craggy Range Winery, located in Hawkes Bay. Smith prides himself on his Bordeaux style of wine-making, and I got a chance to sample some of his finest wines
One that left a lasting impression on my palate was the Gimblett Gravels Te Kahu, which means ‘the cloak’ in Te Reo Maori. It refers to the mist that envelops Craggy’s Giants Winery in the Tuki Tuki Valley. The mist stemmed from a legend and was supposed to protect a mythical Maori maiden from the sun as she visited her lover Te Mata.
Smith felt this blend of four varieties gives a true expression of the Gimblett Gravels Vineyard. The wine has rich black fruit flavors and a long structured finish complete with dusty tannins representative of the area.
Watch WineChannelTV with Smith as he talks about what his hopes are for the inaugural Complexity event and New Zealand!