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Kim Crawford Signature Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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12% ABV
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4.5 13 Ratings
12% ABV

Winemaker Notes

An exuberant Sauvignon Blanc, this wine reveals intense, lifted aromatics of tropical fruit that lead into a range of complex flavors, including distinct mineral notes accenting its rich, hefty palate, that last through a clean, crisp finish.

This fresh and juicy wine pairs perfectly with herb-crusted rack of lamb, seafood risotto with mussels, shrimp, and scallops, or a light spinach and goat cheese salad.

Critical Acclaim

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Kim Crawford is one of the strongest brands in the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc category. The 2017 Signature Sauvignon Blanc is top-notch. TASTING NOTES: This wine is rich, complex and fine. Its aromas and flavors of dried herbs, citrus peel, grapefruit rind should provide an excellent pairing with a couple of dozen raw oysters on the half shell. (Tasted: July 27, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Harmonious and expressive, with ruby grapefruit, mango and citrus flavors that are crisp, with lip-smacking acidity. A fleshy texture and notes of saline and lemon verbena linger on the finish.
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Kim Crawford, Marlborough, New Zealand
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Kim Crawford Wines started out in a small Auckland cottage in New Zealand. Since its launch in 1996, the label has gained critical acclaim around the globe. Kim Crawford wines capture the true aromas and flavors of New Zealand in each bottle. The established leader of luxury-priced Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Kim Crawford combines a passion for excellence in winemaking with a vision of exploring new boundaries.

Marlborough

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An icon and leading region of New Zealand's distinctive style of Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir, making it ideal for high quality grape production (of many varieties). Despite some common generalizations, which could be fairly justified given that Marlborough is responsible for 90% of New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc production, the wines from this region are actually anything but homogenous. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from well-draining, stony soils, a dry, sunny climate and wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, a phenomenon that supports a perfect balance between berry ripeness and acidity.

The region’s king variety, Sauvignon blanc, is beloved for its pungent, aromatic character with notes of exotic tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and green bell pepper along with a refreshing streak of stony minerality. These wines are made in a wide range of styles, and winemakers take advantage of various clones, vineyard sites, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings, one from one another.

Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot noirs (especially where soils are clay-rich), elegant Riesling, Pinot gris and Gewürztraminer.

Sauvignon Blanc

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A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. However, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and is most important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand, California, Australia and parts of northeastern Italy. Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon blanc.

In the Glass

From its homeland In Bordeaux, winemakers prefer to blend it with Sémillon to produce a softer, richer style. In the Loire Valley, it expresses citrus, flint and smoky flavors, especially from in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Marlborough, New Zealand often produces a pungent and racy version, reminiscent of cut grass, gooseberry and grapefruit. California's style is fruit-driven, in either a soft and oak-aged or snappy and fresh version.

Perfect Pairings

The freshness of Sauvignon blanc’s flavor lends it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood and mild Asian cuisine. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like artichokes or asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it matches well with complex seafood and chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.

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