91pts Tasting Panel
Grapefruit nose; juicy and bright citrus with a smooth, ripe hint of sweetness on the back of the palate. Layered and mellow, long and balanced.
91pts Wilfred Wong
The 2019 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is appealing and an excellent example of its category. This wine exhibit aromas and flavors of dried lemon peel, grapefruit skin, and dried earth. Enjoy it with a dozen raw oysters. (Tasted: July 8, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
90pts Wine Enthusiast
After a string of tough vintages that didn’t wear well on this famous brand’s Sauvignons, the latest release is back up to snuff. Heady notes of lime blossom, peach and gooseberry lead the pack, with subtle aromas of green bell pepper and dried herbs following, to remind you where you are in the Sauvignon Blanc world. In the mouth a creamy texture and fleshy fruit are freshened by lively acidity. Juicy lime on the finish makes it easy to take another sip, especially if a plate of sushi or spicy southeast Asian food is nearby.
The winemakers at Kim Crawford tend towards the more herbaceous end of the flavor profile, aiming for a classic expression of crisp, grassy, and snappy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Thus it follows that specific vineyard sites in New Zealand's Marlborough region are carefully selected each year to produce this wine. Fruit is night-harvested, when the temperatures are cool to minimize oxidation, making it easier to manage in the winery. Look for what you know and love about this refreshing Kiwi staple: upfront herbaceous aromas, backed by ripe fruit flavors of melon, passion fruit and crisp acidity.