2018 Craggy Range Winery Sauvignon Blanc Te Muna Road Vineyard

Year: 2018
Appellation: Martinborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
James Suckling: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Peach, pear and pineapple flavors are fresh and juicy in this white, with accents of honeysuckle and fresh ginger that linger on the smooth and refreshing finish. Drink now. 36,000 cases made, 32,000 cases imported. -MW" (WS)

"Craggy Range's 2018 Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is a reassuring return to form. It boasts effusive aromas of guava, gooseberry and pink grapefruit, while remaining resolutely dry on the medium-bodied palate and ending with silky-textured length.

The past year has been full of change at Craggy Range, culminating with the departure of longtime winemaker Matt Stafford and the appointment of Julian Grounds as chief winemaker. Grounds was previously at McHenry Hohnen in Margaret River and is a rising star on the Australian circuit, having been named Dux in 2017 of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial. As his official first day on the job was the day after my visit to the winery, I met with general manager Aaron Drummond, who presented the winery's prestige range. The following wines were made under Stafford's guidance, so it will be interesting to see how much latitude Grounds is given in tweaking wine styles going forward. The newest releases include the return of two bottlings that have been absent from the lineup since the 2011 vintage: Les Beaux Cailloux Chardonnay and The Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon. Of the two, I found the 2016 The Quarry particularly impressive; alas, both are already sold out at the winery. Note that there will be no Le Sol, Sophia or The Quarry from the 2017 vintage, as the weather failed to cooperate. Production of the 2017 Les Beaux Cailloux, however, inched up to 250 cases. Finally, for visitors to the property, I cannot recommend the redesigned restaurant highly enough. Not only was the cooking of Head Chef Casey McDonald superb, the entire eight-course Hawke's Bay Menu-focused on the local summer produce-was a very reasonable NZ$75. Don't miss it if you happen to be in the region." (WA)

"This has a refined and sleek style to it with very impressive, seamless palate-weight and long, lime and green-mango flavors. The acidity is a treat. Passion-fruit finish. Drink now. Screw cap." (JS)

"This wine bursts with aromas of lime, pineapple, peach and apple, followed by the variety's characteristic green bell pepper and nettle aromas. The palate is viscous but balanced by focused acidity. Less fruity than the nose, the herbal, vegetal nuances get the chance to shine here. It is a classy, even elegant Sauvignon from the bottom of New Zealand's North Island. Christina Pickard" (WE)

Winery Notes:
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 passion fruit finish.