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Date Printed: 10/4/2015
Craggy Range Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2002
Craggy Range Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2002
(search item no. 56786)

PRICE ON 10/4/2015: $20.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine was made entirely from grapes grown on the sheltered lower terrace of our Te Muna Road Vineyard. This terrace , adjacent to the Huangarua River, is an old bed of this river and is made up of deep stony soils with various layers of sand silt a clay amongst the stones. The greywacke stones predominate however in places there are significant numbers of limestone rocks that have eroded from the adjacent hills over time. This combination of soils is unique in New Zealand.

In its youth the wine is moderate straw in colour with green tints. Aromas are reserved and quite exotic with hints of lime, peach, honeysuckle, passionfruit and gooseberry. Even in this cool year there is not a hint of greenness. Flavours are exuberant as is often the case with young vines. Ripe flavours of sweet gala apples, lime and rich tropical fruits predominate in a lush textured style with a long dry grainy finish. The presence of this grainy texture is particularly encouraging as this is not often found in young vines. The wine will drink superbly when young , some 12 to 18 months after vintage.

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About Craggy Range Winery:

Craggy Range is a family owned winery established in 1997 named by U.S publication Wine Enthusiast magazine as New World Winery of the Year for 2014. It is situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak in the premium wine growing area of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Based on the single vineyard philosophy of winemaking, Craggy Range was the first in the Southern Hemisphere to make single vineyard wines from multiple New Zealand regions with grape varieties matched to place. The winery produces a portfolio of quality wines including the iconic Prestige and Family collections, as well as Limited Editions all reflecting the place and the people.

The grapes, grown in exceptional winery-owned New Zealand estate vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough and Marlborough, are selected for their special soils and unique climates producing wines of character, quality and authority. The architecturally inspired Giants winery complex and vineyard is also home to the Craggy Range Cellar Door and the award winning restaurant Terroir at Craggy Range. Nestled amongst the vines, the four Craggy Range Vineyard Cottages offer self-contained boutique accommodation.