2011 Craggy Range "Te Muna Road" Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough

SKU #1091132 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale bright yellow. Pungent aromas of grapefruit pith, lime, bell pepper, anise and basil. Juicy, dry and penetrating, with superb intensity and thrust to the flavors of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Plenty of tactile palate presence here, given cut by firm acidity. Finishes dense and long.  (9/ 2012)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc presents ripe apple and pear notes over touches of lemon zest and fresh grass. Medium bodied with a good concentration of zesty flavors and some silkiness to the texture, it finishes long and harmonious. Drinking now, it should remain fresh through 2014.  (10/ 2012)

89 points Wine Spectator

 This smooth, silky white delivers pretty Key lime, Meyer lemon, passion fruit and melon notes that are elegant, balanced and delightfully tangy. all leading to the juicy finish. Drink now. 13,000 cases imported.  (6/ 2012)

K&L Notes

The limestone soils of Craggy Range's Te Muna Road vineyard in Martinborough lend minerality and elegance to this sophisticated single-vineyard Sauvignon Blanc from one of New Zealand's most esteemed producers. Fermented in 100% stainless steel and aged briefly for three months in used French oak, the 2011 exhibits classic Te Muna chalky minerality, which underscores inherently crisp citrus and green apple aromas and flavors accent by note of fresh cut hay and flowering herbs. Tangy acidity and a fleshy midpalate lead toward a focused finish. Enjoy this dry, refreshing, classic Martinborough SB with fresh seafood!

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/15/2012  | Send Email
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I love Craggy Range's single vineyard philosophy. New Zealand is rich with many different microclimates that just lend themselves to diverse terroir driven wines. This Te Muna Road SB delivers great citrus fruit, some serious richness on the mid palate from 3 months maturation on it's lees in neutral French oak barrels. The finish has some mineral complexity that I can't quite tie down but that just keeps me coming back for another sip. A complex wine offering something familiar to lovers of Marlborough SB but with some classic Martinborough detail and depth.

By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/31/2012  | Send Email
You can't go wrong with this quaint lil' SB. This New Zealand SB is immensely balanced and the bright acidity helps carries the crisp, ripe citrus and stone fruit palate.

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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.