About This Wine
"Guardian of the Grapes" Captures Grapes At Peak Of Flavor
When grapes arrive at some wineries, a winemaker's job is just beginning. Complex fermentation strategies and mixtures of different lots are intended to bring out certain flavor characteristics ... hopefully turning good grapes into great wines.
But at Kim Crawford Winery, the winemaker stands as the "Guardian of the Grapes" ... believing that the instant a grape is picked that it embodies all the intense aromas and concentrated fruit flavors of that exact moment in time. Then, Kim Crawford winemakers simply guide the grapes through the winery. By keeping their winemaking techniques simple, they create irresistible vintages reflecting the moment the grape was picked from the vine.
Thanks to their strategy of "guarding the grapes" through the wine-making process, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blancs consistently earn rave reviews from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. And frankly, we agree. We hope they never stop guarding those grapes.
About Sauvignon Blanc
Notable "grassy" aroma, often with notes of apple and citrus fruits. High acidity. Can amaze as a late harvest wine, with rich and complex flavors.
- Grape Composition:100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Grape Source:Marlborough's Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley
- Aromas & Flavors:Pineapple, Passionfruit, Stonefruit, Herbs
- Aging Vessels:Stainless steel tanks
- When to Drink:Now through 2015
- Food Pairing SuggestionFresh oysters, lobster, strawberry kiwi salad, roasted asparagus, sushi or artichoke dip.
Fragrant and tropical, displaying pineapple, grapefruit, dragon fruit and melon flavors. There's a juicy acidity, with great persistence on the finish. Drink now. 360,000 cases imported.
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