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Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough Te Muna Road Vineyard 2017

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91 points James Suckling: Leafy fresh herbs and lime citrus make for a refreshing nose. The palate delivers a refreshing swathe of nectarine and tropical melon fruit flavors. Drink now. Screw cap. (11/13/17)

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Craggy Range Vineyards Ltd:
t is a philosophy like no other. To select and source the very best vineyards in the country, plant them with only the vines that are perfectly suited to that terroir. Bottle them all as single estate wines. This simple philosophy, to make wines that speak more of where they come from than any other, is what drives their entire systems of farming and winemaking. Craggy Range has the opportunit... Read more
t is a philosophy like no other. To select and source the very best vineyards in the country, plant them with only the vines that are perfectly suited to that terroir. Bottle them all as single estate wines. This simple philosophy, to make wines that speak more of where they come from than any other, is what drives their entire systems of farming and winemaking. Craggy Range has the opportunity to craft a wine business exactly the way it wants to, making the most of 150 years of pioneering winemaking in New Zealand. To some New Zealand means cool climate winegrowing, but in reality it is much more diverse. In the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District in Hawkes Bay, Craggy Range has 100 hectares that were destined to be that quarry. These stony soils located on the same latitude as Madrid, away from the cooling breeze of the South Pacific, create a warm environment, the only part of the country that is as warm and dry as the great French regions of Bordeaux and Hermitage. Not surprisingly it is here they grow Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. And in the middle latitudes, around 40, are what Craggy Range calls the famous “warm-cool” regions of Martinborough, Marlborough, and Nelson. In Martinborough Craggy Range has a spectacular vineyard on Te Muna Road, the home to the majority of its Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc vines, each planted on their own special type of different rocky soil. In the South Island, great farmers in Marlborough and Nelson provide Craggy Range with the best Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling these regions can produce. The “genuinely cool” climate jewel of New Zealand is the Bannockburn region of Central Otago where Craggy Range has a small Pinot Noir parcel that will rival in quality the wines from their Te Muna Road Vineyard in Martinborough. In the Waitaki Valley Craggy Range is pioneering a new cool climate region with plantings of Pinot Gris in limestone rich alluvial soils. Read less

Member Reviews for Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough Te Muna Road Vineyard

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Snooth User: djh99
17398850
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/02/2009

Superb mid price range NZ Sav Blanc. Fresh, tangy, perfect.


Snooth User: lena12
17321311
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 04/30/2009

Amazing.


Snooth User: lena12
17321311
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/30/2009

Lovely, plus have been to the actual winery which makes me forever a bit impartial I suppose!


Snooth User: Brix42
7221359
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 05/19/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough Te Muna Road Vineyard

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/11/2018

Tasting Notes: Shows richly expressive aromas and flavors of fresh lime, lemongrass, ripe nectarine, and citrus. Overall, the wine is powerful, crisp, clean and dry.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2016 07/26/2017

Tasting Notes: Pale lemon straw. Complex aromatics of white peach, lime, lemon blossom and Thai basil. Refreshing palate profile with nectarine and citrus notes that carry long across the palate to a refined chalky and dry finish. Vintage Conditions: El Niño, warm and dry. Excellent.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 08/27/2016

Harvest Note: A cool spring with several long nights of frost protection for our vineyard team and persistent north west winds held the vines back from flourishing early on. A dry summer was experienced with drought declared across the region in late January. With low crops on the vines the warm summer advanced ripening from the cool, late start and harvest commenced at a very similar time to the two great vintages of 2013 and 2014. For Sauvignon Blanc the fast ripening meant picking decisions were focussed on ensuring good acidity was maintained as sugars accumulated quickly. The resulting wine has intense mid-palate concentration but maintaining the familiar fine acidity and chalky finish. Tasting Note: Pale straw color with a green hue. Lovely aromas of citrus blossom, lime, jasmine and the faintest hint of fresh honey. Subtle flavors of fresh lime and grapefruit are balanced with a fine chalky texture that is reminiscent of the stones and limestone within the vineyard. Finishes dry, fresh and long. Food Pairing: This wine will pair well with aperitifs, seafood and poultry. AGING: Aged for 5 months in French oak barriques (New 2%) PH: 3.14 ACIDITY: 6.3 g/l ABV: 13.1%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 04/25/2015

Tasting Notes: Pale straw color with a green hue. Lovely aromas of citrus blossom, lime, jasmine and the faintest hint of fresh honey. Subtle flavors of fresh lime and grapefruit are balanced with a fine chalky texture that is reminiscent of the stones and limestone within the vineyard. Finishes dry, fresh and long. Harvest Notes: The 2014 season started very favorably with noticeably warmer conditions experienced in spring and early summer compared to the district average. Phenology in both Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc was 5-7 days ahead and aboveaverage temperatures and rainfall promoted vigorous, healthy early vine growth. In December, conditions cooled somewhat closer to normal and rainfall returned to near average, which provided ideal conditions around flowering and fruitset. Fruitset was close to perfect due to warm, settled dry conditions resulting in uniform berry-set in all major varieties and above average bunch weights. This prompted some intensive early crop thinning to keep the vines in balance. Ideal dry conditions persisted into February and March, which resulted in canopy growth in favor of fruit development. These cooler conditions persisted into February and March, which resulted in phenology returning to normal while preserving the delicate acidity and fruit freshness. Harvest commenced on the 27th of March and was completed for all varieties on the 7th of April, our earliest finish to date. A memorable vintage. Food Pairing: This wine will pair well with aperitifs, seafood and poultry. - Winery PH: 3.21 ACIDITY: 7.2 g/l ABV: 12.6% RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.7 g/l


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 04/07/2015

Smooth and elegant, with apricot and peach notes adding a fleshy quality to the lemon and lime flavors, featuring a touch of fresh ginger and a juicy finish. Drink now. 13,000 cases imported. –MW - Wine Spectator Magazine 89 Points The 2012 Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc presents quite a green, grassy, herbal nose with gooseberry and asparagus notes. Crisp and light to medium-bodied, it drinks fresh and elegant with great intensity of fruit through the long finish. Drink it now through 2014. - Robert Parker 89 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 08/21/2013

Smooth and elegant, with apricot and peach notes adding a fleshy quality to the lemon and lime flavors, featuring a touch of fresh ginger and a juicy finish. Drink now. 13,000 cases imported. -MW The 2012 Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc presents quite a green, grassy, herbal nose with gooseberry and asparagus notes. Crisp and light to medium-bodied, it drinks fresh and elegant with great intensity of fruit through the long finish. Drink it now through 2014.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 08/21/2013

This smooth, silky white delivers pretty Key lime, Meyer lemon, passion fruit and melon notes that are elegant, balanced and delightfully tangy. all leading to the juicy finish. Drink now. 13,000 cases imported. -MW Pale straw colour streaked with vibrant green hues. Aromatic, lime and nectarine fruit combine with flint, jasmine and dried herbs for an intense and complex bouquet. The palate's sweet fruited core is framed by citrus like acidity and gains textural interest via a chalky finish. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


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91 points James Suckling: Leafy fresh herbs and lime citrus make for a refreshing nose. The palate delivers a refreshing swathe of nectarine and tropical melon fruit flavors. Drink now. Screw cap. (11/13/17)

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