2013 Craggy Range Avery Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

imageApparently the vineyard is one of the warmest in Marlborough. Surprisingly then, it’s more citrine at heart than tropical and almost as vegetal as fruit driven. Overall it results in a complex Sauvignon Blanc that draws you in.

I’m tempted to say the nose is full-tilt Marlborough but the more you taste quality Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc the more you realise you’re only reinforcing the idea that it all tastes the same…in much the same way certain writers suggest that all Barossa Shiraz tastes the same. We’re looking at limes, blackberry leaf, gooseberry, green beans, capsicum and nectarine here, with an enticing hint of smoke. Slightly saline and cleansing minerality with the acid providing clean structure yet deftly buffered so as not to seem at all paint-stripping. Very chalky, dry and with a lingering taste of nettles. Texturally it’s a winner and there’s good length too. 92

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $32
Tasted: April 2014


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