CRAGGY RANGE SOPHIA MERLOT/CABERNET HAWKE'S BAY 19
Sophia is part of Craggy Range's Prestige Collection, which is the winery's top tier of wines and only released in the best years.
Sophia is a Merlot blend, modelled on right bank Bordeaux classics. This wine includes 19% Cabernet Franc and 81% Merlot. All grapes were hand picked and 100% destemmed with fermentation all taking place in French oak cuves with innoculated yeasts. The wine was matured in French oak barriques, 45% new, for 18 months and bottled without fining but with a coarse filtration to retain as much weight, tannin and flavour as possible. This is a wine for the long haul and will reward decanting now as well as aging for up to a decade.