2015 Craggy Range "Te Muna Road" Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough
One of our favorites from down under, and a wine we have enjoyed on lots of occasions, this is one of the few in this tasting from the North Island of New Zealand. Its growing area is a bit warmer than Marlborough on the South Island and finds a touch of extra richness while not giving up any of the bright, crisp character expected of New Zealand SBs. At the same time, it exhibits more melon and layered sophistication than most and earns high commendation for its depth and straightforwardly delightful drinkability.
*Editors' Choice* As usual, the team at Craggy Range has turned out an excellent rendering of Sauvignon Blanc from the estate vineyard in Martinborough. There's a lovely, lively interplay of stone fruit, citrus and subtle grassiness, plus a plump, silky mouthfeel and a smooth, elegant finish.
Nettley and just lightly floral, with a dry stony texture. Fine citrus freshness, really very elegant. Limey freshness and stony/mineral quality on the finish. On the delicate side overall but persistent, the oak completely and nicely in the background.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc bursts with gooseberry, grass, elderflower, crushed stone and lime leaves aromas with a touch of lemon drops. Medium bodied, it has a great intensity of citrus and wet pebbles flavors with great freshness and a long herbal laced finish. (LPB)
Bright, pale straw-yellow. Lively aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, white flowers and chalk. Rich but bone-dry, with an almost metallic minerality currently dominating the wine's brisk citrus flavors. Very broad but very austere in the early going. Offers more texture than the 2014 but not the same juiciness. This wine needs at least a year to assume its adult shape. (ST)