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2008 Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Te Muna Road Vineyard
When the first growers planted grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s (there is evidence of plantings as early as 1870s), it is unlikely they would have foreseen the extent of the growth and fame that the region’s wine industry would achieve, based upon a single varietal called Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive pungency and zest fruit flavours of the first Marlborough wines, in particular Sauvignon Blanc, captured the imagination of the country's winemakers as well as international wine commentators and consumers and sparked an unparalleled boom in vineyard development. Worldwide interest in Marlborough wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc, has continued to fuel that regional wine boom.
New Zealand's reputation for benchmark Sauvignon Blanc is a direct result of its predominantly cool, dry, sunny climate. Abundant illumination, low rainfall and the infertile, low-vigor, geologically young stone soils, create an ideal environment for this variety. Martinborough, at the North Island's south end, and Marlborough, at South Island's north end, are very similar, but the small differences are critical.
While Martinborough's average 1,109 degree days are close to the 1,140 average in Marlborough, its spring is cooler and its autumn warmer, resulting in a harvest roughly ten days later than Marlborough. Rainfall is nearly identical, but distribution different: Martinborough is wetter in spring and drier in fall than Marlborough, removing the risk of rain with a late harvest. As a result, the wines are more extracted, complex and structured, with more subtle aromatics and greater elegance.
Craggy Range's Te Muna Road vineyard, in the Martinborough district at the south end of the North Island, is an exceptional estate unique in New Zealand. The property is divided into two terraces: an upper terrace lying entirely on the old, stony, decomposing Martinborough soils well suited to Pinot Noir; and a geologically distinct lower terrace dominated by classic New Zealand greywacke stones, a superb terrior for Sauvignon Blanc. This sheltered lower terrace, along the Huangarua River, is the former bed of this river and its deep, stony soils are interspersed with layers of sand, silt and clay. There are also significant deposits of limestone pebbles that have eroded from the adjacent hills over time. The majority of the vineyard's fourteen Sauvignon Blanc parcels, totaling 130 acres, are situated on the lower terrace.
Winemaker's 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 passionfruit finish.
Retail Price: $17.99
Club Swirl Price: $17.09/bottle, $15.29 with club swirl case discount
2005 Craggy Range Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard
Hawkes Bay is found on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It is the second largest wine region in New Zealand, and one of the most respected. The region has produced wine for around 100 years, far longer than most of the other areas in the country.
Hawkes Bay enjoys high summer temperatures, low rainfall, low relative humidity and high permeability of soils - all of which contribute to creating an ideal environment for the production of concentrated grapes.
Within Hawkes Bay grapes are produced in coastal areas such as Te Awanga and Esk Valley, inland areas such as Puketapu and Matapiro , and gravelly areas such as the acclaimed Gimblett Road which has been building a reputation for producing high quality red wines from 'Bordeaux' red varieties and Syrah.
The Gimblett Gravels appellation, covering 800ha, is strictly determined by the gravely soils laid down by the old Ngaruroro River, which were exposed after a huge flood in the 1860's.
The Gimblett Gravels district is warmer during the day in summer and autumn, compared with most other areas in Hawkes Bay. The evenings are also warmer because of thermal conductivity in the stony soils.
The Craggy Range Te Kahu is a single vineyard offering from the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels area. It is 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and is aged 19 months in 55% new French oak. Dense garnet color with vivid purple hues. Dark plum and cassis fruits dominate the nose, supported by cedar, thyme and vanilla characters. Deep weighty fruit on the palate is supported by layers of ripe tannin, soft natural acids and a rich long finish. The structure is harmonious and long, the wine is complete; fragrant, ripe yet finely balanced.
Retail Price: $23.99
Club Swirl Price: $22.80/bottle, $20.39 with club swirl case discount
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2007 Plantagenet Omrah Pinot Noir
The Great Southern Region is a large region running along the south coast of Western Australia. Lake Muir marks its western boundary and the Pallanup River marks the east. There are two other rivers the Frankland to the west and the Kalgan which enters the ocean near Albany.
The region has five sub-regions, Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. The main town is Albany, followed by Denmark, Porongurup, Mount Barker and Rocky Gully.
The region's viticultural history is entirely recent. John Gladstones and Harold Olmo gave the green light for development in the late 50's early 60's. WA's Department of Agriculture under Bill Jamison established trial plantings at Forest Hill in 1965. Further trials ensued and by 1972 the first harvest was sent to Houghtons and Sandalford for winemaking by Jack Mann and his son Dorham. What transpired was development that gained momentum in the 70's and accelerated in the 80's.
The climate is maritime influenced Mediterranean, with significant differences reflected between the sub-regions.
Plantagenet Wines was the first winery in the Great Southern wine growing region of Western Australia. From small beginnings Plantagenet Wines is now one of the most well respected Western Australian wineries consistently producing quality wines for nearly 40 years. Fruit for many of the wines is sourced from the oldest vineyards in the region.
The fruit for their pinot comes from the Rocky Horror and Bouvary vineyards with a dash from the Hayview vineyard, all from around Mount Barker and the Dunhelm vineyard in Denmark. All vineyards are in the Great Southern area of Western Australia.
Winemaker's Notes: Deep, vibrant crimson hues. Cherry and raspberry with distinct spice and subtle undertones of oak derived vanilla. Supple and smooth on the palate with lashings of sweet fruit, finely polished tannins and balanced acidity that provide a finely poised backbone for the vibrant fruit flavors and varietal spice notes.
Retail Price: $18.99
Club Swirl Price: $18.04/bottle, $16.14 with club swirl case discount