Country: New Zealand Region: Marlborough
Vintage: 2014 Colour:White Style:Dry
Producer: Kim Crawford Estate
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.
The grapes for this wine were chosen predominantly from vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys in Marlborough. The cool evenings and long days were ideal conditions for flavour development.
Beautiful spring weather and near perfect conditions during flowering resulted in one of the earliest and potentially largest harvests on record. In mid-March, Fijian cyclone Lusi made a brief appearance bringing an inch of rain and a stiff breeze but harvest resumed a couple of days later with little damage to crops.
The fruit was machine harvested in the cool evenings and overnight to preserve flavours. Gentle pressing was followed by cold settling prior to racking to tank for fermentation. Each block was kept separate throughout the various stages of the winemaking process. When all tanks had completed ferment the parcels were tasted and the pick of the wines were blended, fined, stabilised and bottled.
Pale straw with green tinges. A bouquet of intense citrus fruit with mandarin orange and floral notes. The palate is crisp and fresh with lime characters and a hint of confected lemons.