Country: New Zealand Region: Marlborough
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Vintage: 2022
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 consistent quality and style. For that consistency, and success over the past 20 years, Wine Enthusiast magazine USA recognised Kim Crawford as their “New World Winery of the Year 2016”.
Grapes for the Sauvignon Blanc were selected from a number of vineyards throughout the Marlborough region. Individual blocks were targeted for their strengths and overall contribution to the blend.
The 2020 growing season in Marlborough was dominated by fluctuating temperatures and required careful irrigation management. Cool windy conditions in the early part of the season gave way to calm conditions and a hot, dry summer that provided the perfect conditions for the final stages of ripening.
The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the evening and overnight to preserve flavours. Each block was kept separate throughout the various stages of the winemaking process. Fermentations were carried out at low temperatures and when all tanks had completed fermentation they were proportionately blended, fined, stabilised and bottled.
An exuberant wine brimming with flavours of pineapple, passionfruit, stone fruit and a hint of herbaciousness. The finish is fresh, zesty and lingering.