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The vineyards of Kim Crawford are located in predominantly coastal sites. The grapes benefit from long days, sea breezes and crisp nights. In combination with New Zealand’s long and dry autumn season, the grapes ripen slowly, which allows them to build flavor intensity as well as develop a sophisticated acidity. In the end, it is this unique combination of factors–from regions and soils, to temperatures and growth rates–that give Kim Crawford a balance of fruit and acidity.

It was Marlborough where the founders rented a state of the art winery and purchased vineyards in the Waihopai Valley in 2000. Why Marlborough? – “No other region in the world can match Marlborough, the northeastern corner of New Zealand’s South Island, which seems to be the best place in the world to grow Sauvignon Blanc grapes.” says George M. Taber, noted American wine critic.

The story of Marlborough starts with location. The region, situated at 41º latitude south on the north end of the South Island, holds the distinction of being one of New Zealand’s sunniest and driest regions. The average daily temperature in summer reaches nearly 24ºC or 75ºF resulting in a high heat summation for the growing season.

During the daytime, strong and warm northwest winds from the mountains prevail, encouraging flower fertility and ripening. In the evenings, the temperature shifts. Clear cool nights from ocean breezes keep acid levels high in the grapes. This diurnal shift is one of the critical components contributing to the intensity of Kim Crawford’s Marlborough wines.

Rosé (13% abv)
Visual: Pink crystal.
Nose: Fruity and crisp, with a dry edge.
Taste: Round and full, slightly bitter and with a touch of sour cream. The fruit starts out somewhat sweet, but within a few seconds it moves into a more acidic and bright tang.
Finish: Medium long.
Overall: A decent Rosé that has a flavor profile that is in the mid-range. Not too floral and not too fruity.
GSN Rating: B

Sauvignon Blanc (13% abv)
Visual: Pale yellow.
Nose: Grapefruit, cut grass and slight woodiness.
Taste: Lovely entry with a soft, tart flavor and a creamy mouthfeel. Not at all sugary, this is akin to a sweet-tart with a refreshing zing and bright expression.
Finish: Medium long.
Overall: A very good SB that will pair well with a meal. Very easy-going and enjoyable.
GSN Rating: A-

Pinot Noir (13% abv)
Visual: Dark purple.
Nose: Oak forward, musky and slightly smokey. It smells rich and chewy.
Taste: A fair amount of body, but even more so, a hefty dose of flavor. This is quite compact, intense and oaky. The grape is balanced well between fruit and barrel, with an old world sensibility.
Finish: Long with a touch of smoke and raisin on the finish.
Overall: A really well done Pinot Noir that stands on its own, but will add a depth when paired with steak au poivre or pork in a brandy sauce. Nicely done, especially at this price point.
GSN Rating: A-

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