That aside, we are always looking for top examples from New Zealand as we know great Sauvignon Blanc can be made there. One NZ Sauvignon Blanc from recent tastings has stood head and shoulders above others, it's the new release 2019 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough in southern part of New Zealands North Island. It's a stunning example of the potential of Martinborough as a top Sauvignon Blanc producing region. It is choc-full of freshly-cut citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit), juicy passionfruit, green mango and has this stunning wet-stone character not often found in New Zealand Sauv Blanc. It is complex, long and oh-so flavoursome, it continues to dance on the tongue long after each sip.
This is one of the finest Kiwi Sauv Blanc's we had tried in a long long time.
The Vineyard (pictured above)
The Te Muna Road Vineyard is located some seven kilometres outside of the Martinborough township.
The vineyard consists of two distinct terraces; the higher comprising very old, stony clay-infused soils perfect for Pinot Noir. The lower terrace of younger stony soils interwoven with limestone provides an excellent environment for Sauvignon Blanc. The cooler climate of Martinborough ensures the wine is aromatic with steely minerality while the rocky soils gives intensity of the fruit.
The region's warm, dry summers and mild winters have led to complex and structured wines with subtle aromatics and an elegant finish.
Covert Price $29.99/bottle