Craggy Range Te Muna Road Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – Now This Is A Sauvignon Blanc!


100% Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, New Zealand.

SRP of $22 and available for as low as $16. Sample received courtesy Gregory White PR for review purposes.

From the bottle:

“Craggy Range is a family owned winery specializing in the production of expressive Single Vineyard wines. Our Martinborough vineyard is located at Te Muna, which means ‘secret place’. This wine is sourced exclusively from several parcels of vines growing on a stony, limestone influenced soil adjacent to the Huangarua River. The wine has rich ripe flavours of limes, peaches and apples alongside the characteristic herbaceous components and a unique dry grainy texture on the palate. As with all our Sauvignon Blanc wines intervention in the cellar is minimal out of care and respect for characters of the vineyard. Enjoy within three years of vintage, lightly chilled, wherever there is sun, surf or seafood.

13.0% Alcohol”

After yesterday’s really excellent Craggy Range Te Kahu Red, I was excited to try the Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc also from Craggy Range. After all New Zealand is probably best known for their Sauvignon Blanc, but today’s wine isn’t just any Sauvignon Blanc.

Most people, I’m sure, are familiar with the excellent wines of this variety produced in Marlborough, which produces almost 80% of New Zealand’s wine. However, if you don’t look closely you might not even notice that today’s wine comes not from Marlborough, but from Martinborough, which accounts for only 1% of New Zealand’s wine production. If the Te Muna Road vineyard is any indication, production in Martinborough should be increasing soon.

The 2010 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Martinborough Sauvignon Blancbegins with complex aromas of tropical fruit, pear, lime, a hint of creamy vanilla and some herbal notes. The wine tastes very crisp and has good acidity. The primary flavors are pear, lots of lime, gauva and mango. The finish features tangy tropical fruit which lingers for a long time and is mixed with a hint of minerality. Very refreshing and delicious! Another winner from Craggy Range.

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