Would you go to the ends of the earth for the perfect glass of wine? That’s exactly what Terry Peabody did when searching for a wine estate with his wife, Mary. The quest led Terry from France to America to Australia and then finally to New Zealand -- an awe-inspiring land of mountains, fire and ice. And so was born Craggy Range. Which brings us to the next entry in Tasting Series at The Spiced Pear: The Wines of Craggy Range. Read on for more information about this one-of-a-kind winery, along with a closer look at what’s sure to be a truly exquisite afternoon in Newport.
Creating a Legacy
When conceptualizing Craggy Range, Terry and Mary Peabody envisioned creating a legacy that could be passed down to future generations. They accomplished that and then some with the establishment of Craggy Range just over 20 years ago. Nestled in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak in the premium wine growing area of Hawke’s Bay New Zealand, Craggy Range has become one of New Zealand's most impressive wine producers.
Terry had one condition when he set out to transform his family’s love of fine wine into a premier winery: Rather than buying an existing vineyard, he wanted to bring his vision to life on untouched bare land to keep quality at the forefront. New Zealand’s exceptional climate, pioneering spirit, and youthful and diverse soils made it a wine growing environment like no other -- and Craggy Range wines now echo the same inimitable attributes.
Terry had help along the way, thanks to esteemed kiwi viticulturist Steve Smith. Together, they chose unique parcels of land and planted vineyards that would produce wines that were the purest expressions of the terroir in which they were grown. The fruits of the men’s labor have been widely recognized: Craggy Range wines have received numerous accolades and awards, including the designation of “New World Winery of the Year” by renowned US publication Wine Enthusiast in 2014.
Just how committed were Terry and Mary Peabody to ensuring that Craggy Range would endure? They established a 1,000-year trust. In other words, the winery will remain in the family’s careful and devote stewardship for the millennium.
A Tasting Like No Other
Given Craggy Range’s amazing pedigree, an equally amazing meal is necessary in order to do it full justice. Enter the consummate team at The Spiced Pear, winner of a 2017 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award.
Executive Chef Matt Voskuil designed a sublime six-course tasting menu, including mussels, clams and shrimp with asparagus, citrus and vidalia onion paired with a 2015 Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay; Atlantic salmon with brioche and leek paired with a 2012 Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir from Martinborough; squab with morel, fava beans and quail egg paired with a 2011 Le Sol Syrah from Gimblett Gravels Vineyard in Hawke’s Bay; leg of lamb with parmesan, niçoise olive and basil paired with a 2014 Sophia Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Bordeaux Blend from Hawke’s Bay; and a wagyu ribeye with potato, foie gras and spinach paired with a 2011 Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Bordeaux Blend from Hawke’s Bay. The phenomenal finishing touch? Passion fruit with avocado, Asian pear, and grapefruit paired with a 2016 Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough.
Presenting at the Craggy Range Tasting Series at The Spiced Pear? Business Manager for the Americas for Craggy Range Janet Pouchot, who has held prestigious positions in the wine business for more than a decade, including as sommelier for restaurant DANIEL; in retail with Sherry-Lehmann; as US Brand Development for Peter Lehmann Wines.
We can think of no better way to usher in the newness of spring than with The Wines of Craggy Range. We invite you to join us for this intimate experience on Sunday April 15, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at The Spiced Pear. Seating is limited, so visit The Chanler for more information on both reservations and accommodations.