Saturday, October 3, 2009

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: August 2009
Purchase Price: $12.99

Our review: Silver green in color, this wine has aromas of gooseberry and bell pepper, with notes of lemongrass. Light, clean, and crisp on the palate, there is good acidic balance though the flavors tend to be citrusy (maybe a little too much so). The finish has more mineral character than fruit, but is long and satisfying.

Our rating: This is a nice example of the varietal, but not an outstanding one. We enjoyed our bottle with chicken tenders and a fresh raw vegetable platter, a good choice. New Zealand sauvignon blancs have been creeping up in price recently, and this is no exception. Price aside, we'd rate it Above Average, nearly Excellent. However, there are equally good (think Chilean) wines that are priced much less. We also rated the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Above Average, Nearly Excellent, but, interestingly, for very different reasons.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Colour: Pale green. Aroma: Lifted aromatics of tropical fruits combined with the traditional nettle and herbaceous aromas. Palate: Firm acidity is surrounded by tropical fruits and herbaceous notes with hints of citrus sneaking in. "

Winery website: Kim Crawford Wines.

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