Eyes: clear, pale lemon-green, watery rim
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, youthful, asparagus, grapefruit, (grassy, herbaceous, vegetal)
Mouth: dry, med- to med body, high acidity, med length, med to med+ alcohol, med+ intensity, asparagus, grapefruit, passionfruit
All in all: Good quality; drink now.
Well if it isn’t Kim Crawford. Advertisements for this wine are plastered throughout the city, and this is one of the wines that I undoubtedly remember that customers always ask for even though (and probably because) it’s heavily listed and well-known. For good reason, too – this wine screams typicality at a good price, with grassy and vegetal aromas that are intensely displayed on the nose. Could be more complex, though.
Palate-wise, this is great. High acidity makes it zippy, patio-worthy, and food-friendly. Cue stupid summer Old Navy commercial here.
I find New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc weirdly deceiving because these wines seem as though they should fit a specific mould and intensely grassy profile, but differences between this wine, the 2011 Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2010 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc are quite evident.
I think I’m in a Sauv Blanc phase. I had a taste of a delicious Chilean Sauvignon Blanc just the other day and I’m re-hooked. I guess that means Spring is coming.
Producer: Kim Crawford
Region: New Zealand
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Tasted: May 28, 2012
Price: $20 (BCL)