Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (1x75cl)
Kim Crawford Wines was established in late 1996, when Kim launched a range made from fruit grown in the South Island. Kim sold the company to Constellation in 2005 and has since handed the winemaking reins over to the Constellation winemaking team. Despite Kim no longer being involved with these wines, the current winemakers continue the classic Kim Crawford philosophy and style. Control over grape supply has always been essential for Kim Crawford Wines and they now have the largest vineyard resource in Marlborough of any wine company, across the greatest breadth of sub-regions, ensuring consistency of quality and style.
Kim Crawford have access to probably the widest selection of Marlborough vineyards, for blending their distinctive, award-winning Sauvignon Blanc style. 120 wines are included in the blend, from all over Marlborough. In 2016 the makeup was approximately 70% Wairau/Waihopai, 30% Awatere/Blind River. Their new Merrifields vineyards in Blind River were a significant contributor to the blend; confirming Blind River’s growing reputation as “Rapaura in the south”.
Grapes were pressed immediately upon arrival at the winery, with minimal skin contact. A selection of yeasts were used to carry out long, cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks to retain the vibrant fruit characters. The wine was stored in stainless steel until it was bottled in August.
Tropical fruit and lifted citrus notes of pink grapefruit dominate the nose of the 2016 vintage. Juicy acidity, with plenty of palate weight and length. Lifted mango and guava notes lead into pineapple flavours that linger on the persistent finish.
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