Le Sol
Le sol translated from French means ‘the soil’, appropriate when one considers the significant impact the stony soils of our Gimblett Gravels Vineyard have on our wine called
"Le Sol".

These soils keep the growth and crop of these old clone Syrah vines in check and provide warmth in the autumn, all critical factors in developing the enormous character and presence this wine has.

Traditionally made with heady aromas and a luscious yet classical texture. 'Le Sol' is all at once elegant and exuberant – and in a very short time it has shown the breeding of Syrah in the Gimblett Gravels.

Cellaring Chart:
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Drinking well now, but will improve
Drinking well now,
but will improve
Continue cellaring
Drinking at its peak
Drinking at its peak
  • Tasting Notes

  • Vintage Details

  • Winemaking

  • Reviews

  • Deep red with vibrant purple hues. Complex brooding Syrah aromatics of boysenberry, blackpepper, camphor and garrigue herbs. The palate is all about finesse with dark fruit richness beautifully integrated with fine tannins and acidity to give a finish which is long and dry.

  • Warm and dry, excellent

    Brix:   23.9 average 
    Production level: 55 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 100%

  • Whole bunch:  0%    
    Destemmed:  100%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Open top French oak cuves
    Fermentation:    Inoculated
    Barrel type:    Combination of open top French oak cuves and open stainless steel tanks
    New barrel %:   32%   
    Maturation:  18 months  
    Fining:    No 
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Feb-15


    Alcohol:    13.1
    Residual sugar:    Nil  
    pH:    3.61
    Acidity:    5.8g/l  

  • Date: May 2015
    Publication: www.bobswinereviews.com
    98 Points
    “Craggy Range’s flagship wine from a vintage that has been hailed as “once in a lifetime”. Dense but not a heavy wine, lithe rather than blockbuster although certainly not lacking power. Tightly packed flavours. including dark berry, Oriental spices, oak and a suggestion of floral characters are gradually displayed and will continue to be revealed as the wine ages. A truly classic Le Sol.”
    - Bob Campbell MW

    Date: May 2015 
    Publication: www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz
    19.5+ Points 
    “This is the most beautifully refined ‘Le Sol’ to date. It has elegance and finesse, with intense black fruits, minerals, florals, earth and spices."
    - Raymond Chan

    Date: May 2015
    Publication: Michael Cooper Wine Reviews
    5 Stars
    "This famous Syrah impresses with its lovely fragrance and finesse. The colour is bold and purple-flushed; the palate dense but not tough, with concentrated, beautifully ripe plum and black pepper flavours, finely textured, spicy and long. Already approachable, it's a very classy, harmonious red that should reward cellaring to 2020+."
    - Michael Cooper