As the summer heat blasts on, I have continued to get requests for good, crisp and fruity New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but I have refused to settle. I’m not in the habit of just rolling out a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc just to do it as you’ve probably noticed. It’s gonna take a lot to outperform our under $15/btl Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc which more than holds its weight.
But how about from a winery recently voted Wine Enthusiast ‘New World Winery of the Year’, and last year’s #11 ranked vineyard in the world according to 500 wine and travel experts? Not bad, right? At least it speaks volumes to the pedigree of the source. But the wine itself? Killer.
Five different expert reviewers have checked in on Craggy Range’s newest Sauvignon Blanc and awarded it a 91-point score or better. Five. And it’s pretty easy to see why.
While most New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs give you the killer tropical aromatics and flavors, they tend to be pretty one dimensional. But for New Zealand’s hottest winery of the last decade– the rich, complex, full-bodied expression of Sauvignon Blanc cut off Te Muna Road is elegant, crisp and refreshing – much more akin to village Sancerre than their Kiwi brethren.
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92 Points (Smart Buy), Wine Spectator
Offers incredible depth and complexity, with fleshy notes of ripe Crenshaw melon, apricot and pineapple mingling with accents of candied ginger and lemon verbena on the finish, showing a touch of dried fennel. Drink now.
92 Points, James Suckling
Very vivid passion-fruit, lime, melon and herb aromas in a super fresh style. The palate has a bright, fleshy delivery of passion-fruit and lime flavors. Bold and succulent. Drink now. Screw cap.
92 Points, Vinous
This young Sauvignon is refined and suave in texture with a rich midpalate. It’s not a flamboyant Sauvignon; it offers subtle honeysuckle, a slice of green capsicum and integrated notes of passion fruit, but it’s certainly not an in-your-face style. Well balanced, long and precise with an almost salty finish. This early taste of the vintage promises much.
91 Points, Wine Advocate
The latest vintage of Craggy Range’s popular 2020 Te Muna Sauvignon Blanc offers grassy, lime-scented aromas backed by plenty of grapefruit, hints of nectarine and even the suggestion of fig or guava. It’s medium-bodied and subtly textural on the palate, finishing long, crisp and silky—probably the best vintage of this wine I can remember.