New Zealand is home to countless standout producers—from the North Island to the South, this is a country with no shortage of world-class wines…and many of them at prices far lower than you’d expect. Indeed, New Zealand is among the most exciting wine producers in the world right now. Among my personal favorites are the wines of Kim Crawford, which year after year offer reliably pleasurable expressions of both their terroir and constituent grape varieties. Here are my impressions of the current releases, all of which I highly recommend.
Kim Crawford Small Parcels Methode Traditionelle “Fizz” 2009 Marlborough, NZ
Aromas of brioche, fresh-baked pastry, apple, pear, and apricot lead to a palate both finely textured and effusive, with unexpected mocha-covered red berries, hard apple, flinty minerality, honeydew, bright lemon juice and lemon oil, and a subtly honey-tinged finish. Absolutely lovely.
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough, NZ
Minerality zips through the passionfruit and grapefruit oil notes of the nose, and are joined by a hint of kaffir lime leaf. On the palate, this is very well-defined, with a serious skeleton holding up notes of passionfruit, crunchy apple, mineral, lime, grapefruit, and lemongrass.
Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2013 South Island, NZ
Lovely translucency, with a nose that speaks of dusty cherry, raspberry, spice, and forest floor. These turn darker on the tongue, with spicy cherry, smoke, black peppercorn, espresso bean, and plum cake. Silky and finely balanced.