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Craggy Range Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Te Muna Road Vineyard 2011

Member Review by JenniferT:

This one is considered to be a premium NZ sauvignon blanc, I was looking forward to trying this one. Crisp and aromatic nose, with lots of citrus notes along with some grassy and nectarine notes. Lots of minerality. Sharp on the palate with apple and all the other stuff I just smelled. Tons of acid, but balanced. They say this wine is supposed to have a chalky finish and I think I get what they mean. Loooong finish - this one is a heavy hitter but still balanced and quite good. FYI I Tried the classic pairing with several goat cheeses (inner and outer bits of paillot and a regular creamy/tangy unripened goat cheese in a tube) - the middle (not creamy outside) of the paillot was the best. But they were all very good - apparently there's a reason sauv blanc + goat cheese is a classic combo!

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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

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Snooth User: JenniferT
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05/18/2014

This one is considered to be a premium NZ sauvignon blanc, I was looking forward to trying this one. Crisp and aromatic nose, with lots of citrus notes along with some grassy and nectarine notes. Lots of minerality. Sharp on the palate with apple and all the other stuff I just smelled. Tons of acid, but balanced. They say this wine is supposed to have a chalky finish and I think I get what they mean. Loooong finish - this one is a heavy hitter but still balanced and quite good. FYI I Tried the classic pairing with several goat cheeses (inner and outer bits of paillot and a regular creamy/tangy unripened goat cheese in a tube) - the middle (not creamy outside) of the paillot was the best. But they were all very good - apparently there's a reason sauv blanc + goat cheese is a classic combo!


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

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Vintage: 2007 01/17/2009

Restaurant Wine ReviewRated 5 StarsQuite ripely flavors and full bodied; a sauvignon with peach, lemon peel, lime, pear and honey aromas/flavors, with a very long finish.Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 90No text review given.Wine Advocate ReviewRated 89Sourced from Martinborough, 28% whole bunch pressed and matured in 10% new oak with four months on lees, the 2007 Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc exhibits an attractive nose of cut grass and lime, the concentrated palate with grassy overtones leading to a citrus, off-dry finish.Wine Tasting NotesPale straw with green hints. The aromas are of white peach, citrus and delicate tropical fruits. The mouth filling palate is awash with flavors of fresh apple, nectarine, lime and tropical notes. The flavors are underlined by fine supporting acidity and a chalky texture that leads into a very long, rich and clean lime and passionfruit finish.



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