When it comes to bang for the buck, few producers are more consistently reliable than New Zealand’s Kim Crawford. Their current releases are no exception--both of them are excellent. My tasting notes are below:
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough
Classic nose of green bell pepper, grass, sweet grapefruit, orange oil, and tarragon. On the palate, flavors of creamed bell pepper, fennel, orange, lime, grapefruit, and a touch of honeyed flower are bright, vibrant, and fresh. The sweet fruit here is balanced out by mouthwatering acidity. Lovely wine, friendly and layered.
Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough
Subtle cherry cola and root beer notes mark the vibrant nose, and lead to notes hinting at brambly berry fruit and Mediterranean-type herbs. On the palate, more savory flavors of salt, dark berries, spicy vanilla, and oak will work well with a range of foods. The hint of minerality and structure-giving acidity make it a nice option, with its subtly smoky finish, for accompaniment to grilled salmon and other lighter meats.