I had no intention of stumbling on yet another great bottle of wine so soon after my infatuation with the Priorat red but tonight’s dinner wine has basically forced me to write about it.
The first sip flowed down with an over-whemingly refreshing zip that left me…..well, it simply left me stunned. I hadn’t expected such a beautiful wine for a weekday meal.
This time it was a white – 2011 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. I found this wine at a Whole Foods that opened today in my town (a direct gift from God!). As I eyed the wine aisle for something that struck me this white jumped out because it was from New Zealand, Marlborough specifically, and Kim Crawford to be exact. I knew I had heard of this winery for producing superb Sauvignon Blanc but had yet to try it.
You may or may not know that New Zealand is known for it’s Sauvignon Blanc and Marlborough, on the South Island, boasts growing about 85% of all the acres of Sauvignon Blanc for the country. The Sauvignon Blanc of New Zealand is generally of supreme quality and is distinct in that it exhibits combinations of tropical fruit, stone fruit, and grassiness to name a few. Kim Crawford was no exception bursting with tropical fruit, especially passion fruit, citrus, fresh cut grass and delicious ripe stone fruit.
All I know is my first sip unexpectedly had me saying “Wow, that is absolutely delicious!”
photo by Joe V. Overstreet