Craggy Range - Sauvignon Blanc ' Te Muna' 2019
Craggy Range- Sauvignon Blanc ' Te Muna' 2019 (88/89 TSW)
Summer in the house with this wine from New Zealand.
Craggy Range is named after the mountain range that protects the vineyards. In 1997 the Peabody family from Australia started their business here. They were new to the business, but they were well acquainted with wine. They wanted to make Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and also make Syrah and red "Bordeaux blend".
For their project, they came into contact with Steve Smith, the winegrower who had once become New Zealand's first Master of Wine. The Peadbodies entered into a partnership with Smith and in addition to his position of Managing Director, he is now also co-owner.
The starting point of the philosophy is the aim to produce only Single Vineyard wines.
Muna means "secret" in Maori. The sauvignon blanc in this vineyard ripens more gradually than that in Marlborough. The grapes in Muna have a slower growth cycle, allowing them to develop in a more complex fruitiness.
The vinification takes place in stainless steel barrels and a smaller part in French oak Cuves; a limited number of barriques are also used for complexity. The young wine is then matured for 5 months before being bottled.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a pale citrus yellow color with greenish reflections.
On the medium(+) nose aromas of passion fruit, citrus and peach with hints of grass, white flowers, white pepper and mango.
On the palate dry, medium bodied with medium(+) acidity and nice freshness. Flavours of lychee, pineapple, pear, almond, boxwood and a nice medium(+) length finish.