Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, New Zealand
Pale 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.
Wine & Spirits - "The storms that hit Marlborough in April 2008 headed off to sea, missing Martinborough. So winemaker Adrian Baker says there was no rain pressure during harvest at Craggy Range, where the 2008 ripened to rich passion fruit flavors. Baker allowed a thrid of the wine to ferment with indigenous yeast, and fermented a small portion in the barrel. The result is a potent, generous Sauvignon with lasting spice and saturated fruit flavor. Decant it for crab."
The Wine Advocate - "With fruit sourced from Martinborough, the 2008 Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc has a very well defined, very pure nose with just a touch of chalkiness coming through, complemented with a faint hint of greengage. The palate is neutral on the entry – this Sauvignon is more about poise and freshness with subtle notes of green apple, lime and orange-blossom towards the finish. Excellent. "
International Wine Cellar - "Pale, bright yellow. Pungent aromas of lime, green apple, quinine and tarragon. Almost silky on entry, then quite taut, even austere, in the middle, showing a mineral pungency to its grapefruit pith, lemon zest and fresh herb flavors. Dry and bracing but not quite hard. Finishes with good aromatic lift and persistence. Still, this rather uncompromising wine is almost painful today and could use another six months of patience."
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Craggy Range Winery
From the beginning, Craggy Range Winery has some great land and vineyards and a wonderful home in which to weave the strands together. The first wines made in the 1999 vintage are from small parcels of mature vineyards in Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. The wines show the character of the vineyards and the Craggy Range philosophy of wine both inside and outside the bottle. In time, as the vines mature on their own estates, the wines of Craggy Range Winery will without doubt express their origin and the commitment and skill of their people. View all Craggy Range Winery Wines
About MartinboroughView a map of Martinborough wineries (mahr-tin-bore-ooh)
Situated on the southern tip of the North Island, Martinborough is just across the strait from Marlborough. Martinborough is a town, as well as a region within Wairarapa, which, in turn, is located within the region of Wellington. Just to add more confusion, Wellington is also the name of the city there, the capital of New Zealand. Sometimes the names of these three regions are interchanged, but know that all three names mean the wine has come from the bottom tip of New Zealand's North Island.
Notable FactsThe grape making the most splash from the area is Pinot Noir. It is the region's most planted variety and the one getting the most attention. However, being that it's the neighbor of Sauvignon Blanc land, Marlborough, it uses these climate similarities to produce delicious wines from that grape as well.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.8 out of 5 stars
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3 ratings, 3 with reviewsPatricia Piazza - Fairfax, VA48/26/2010Crisp, slightly tart, very nice bottle of SB. Great with marinated chicken breast. Would buy again.DC Wine - Washington, DC49/3/2009Was very surprised by this one. Very tropical on the nose with a very slight tart aftertaste common to the region's SBs. Excellent wine we had with chicken, but would probably go very well with seafood too.Napa Native - Napa, CA54/2/2009This wine says New Zealand. Very bright and crisp fruit flavors with a nice, slighlty tart finish.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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