Craggy Range is one of the most widely respected Hawkes Bay wineries, one visit to their winery and restaurant by the Tuki Tuki river with a panoramic view of Te Mata Peak is hard not to be taken in by the surroundings alone. Craggy wines have had mixed fortunes over the vintages, I have found a distinct and widening difference between the 'Estate' wines and their Prestige range.
Originally the Prestige wines were a quartet - the Sophia (meaning 'Wisdom') is the Bordeaux blend, a carefully constructed assemblage of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Le Sol (meaning the Soil) 100% Syrah. Both of these come from their best fruit on the Gimblett Gravels, readily recognised as a special sub-region of Hawkes Bay. Les Beaux Cailloux (the beautiful pebbles) was their top tier Chardonnay, with the Aroha (love) a Pinot Noir added to the range in 2006 from their Te Muna blocks in Martinborough.