2008 Craggy Range "Te Muna Road" Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough

SKU #1048127

93 points 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 third of the wine to ferment with indigenous yeast, and fermented a small portion (12 percent) in barrel. The result is a potent, generous sauvignon with lasting spice and saturated fruit flavor. Decant it for crab." Los Angeles Times Wine of the Week "This is classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that practically jumps out of the glass. The 2008 Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc is grassy as newly mown lawn, with round ripe fruit, a snappy acidity and a fine dry finish. And it's a steal at less than $20. Pop open a bottle to enjoy with salted roasted almonds, chilled seafood, grilled fish or a summery vegetable soup." (6/17/09) And, according to Wine Enthusiast: "While the leafy, nettley notes provide Sauvignon's trademark herbaceousness, this wine's ample weight and slightly creamy texture prove a gentler counterpoint that should make the wine exceptionally versatile at the table. Grapefruit flavors finish long, with gentle herbal overtones." (09/09)

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 By: georgedi |  Review Date: 2/26/2010 
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Here's some faint praise: Not bad; adequate; wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers. I suppose my problem, among others, is that I've been to my personal Sauvignon Blanc mountain (Spotteswoode, Groth). Everything else, thus far, pales.

 By: Linda Valentine-Dean |  Review Date: 8/5/2009 
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We had this wine with dinner as an accident. The chef recommended it as a replacement as they were out of the wine we had ordered. What a happy accident!

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Varietal:

Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.