very grassy and stony on the nose, the palate delivers an intense tropical fruit melody of lilikoi, guava, grapefruit and lemon to the point of being tart but in a nice and refreshing way, this delivers for the price point
Year after year, bottle after bottle, this wine offers great taste with a flowery bouquet and a long grassy finish , with a touch of complexity. At $12 a bottle, the QPR is great. Works well with chicken, seafood and anything very spicey.
Fragrant grapefruit, lemon, pear, and apple. This vintage lacks the grapefruit energy that I associate with Kim Crawford in the past. Balanced, very nice sauvignon blanc. Still the best wine to pair with deep-fried Minnesota walleye caught in a lake covered with three feet of ice.
Pale straw with greenish tinge, aromatic nose of gooseberries, fresh cut grass and hints of mineral. It has good intensity on palate which offten found and represent NZ SB, along with pink guava and grassy note. Finishes dry with mineral aftertaste. Not bad for a massive production SB.
Straw colour. The nose has an almost over-powering green character (the old cat's pee description would not be out of place). The green stalky character is very strong and although finishing with a dryish feel it is a little too sharpe for my preference. Having said that it is a reliable style.
Had a glass on a flight. Pale yellow. Pleasant nose but then a bit too much grass on the palate for my taste. Not that I dislike grassy or green notes per se but it has to be in balance with citrus fruit notes which it is not here. Slightly bitter too.
I have been a Kim Crawford fan for many years, but the recent vintages are not quite as good as the olde ones were. It remains a proto-typical NZ sauvignong blanc, with grassy notes, acidity and citrus flavors, but compared to competitors, such as Cloudy Bay and Greywacke, it is a bit fruitier and less intense overall. Still, for the money it is a good value and remains a reliable every day drinker.
Very nice nose with a moderate complex aromas of grass, guava, honey, caramel & white flowers. The wine is nicely balanced with a good acidity, a cream soda palate and a moderate long aftertasete of grassiness, orange / lemon zest. 5+11.5+16+7.5. A 90 pt wine. If the nose or palate is able to evolve, it will definitely add a couple more points.
Very nice. Don't have much experience with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, so have no real comparison, but liked it a lot. Got the typical grass notes everybody mentions and some tropical fruits. A bit sweet on the attack, but nicely balanced with a refreshing acidity, which comes afterwards. Went well with Sushi.
Fantastic value. Peach, grapefruit and bit of green pepper. Wonderful drinker, soft acid. Nose of wet grass. Drank with two Bries. Acid worked well with the salty cream of Jasper Hill Willoughby and oat crisps with dried fruit. Second Brie (ferme jouvence) way too pungent and fungal and needed more salty crisp. Will try another bottle with a grilled white meat. Or fish.
Great tropical fruit nose. Extremely flavorful, but not in an overbearing fake way. Reminded me of fresh mango juice. Extremely food friendly at 12.5%. Some minerality would have been nice but at 12$ this wine was a steal.
Perhaps overwhelming green pepper and steeped grass are not my style, but that's all that I could recount when trying to enjoy this NZ sauvignon blanc (judging on other reviews, maybe my bottle was bad and had too much sunlight the way it was stored at the store). I've had other NZ wines that do have a strong grassy, gooseberry profile, and that can be enjoyable. However, the tingling green pepper on the tongue that elongates well into the end of the finish is not my ideal of a great sauvignon.
On another note, it's certainly better at room temperature than chilled (the tightening heightens the green pepper). And it would probably be better paired, but certainly not on its own if you're not into spicy green pepper whites.
Clear, medium gold colour. Very intense aroma of grapefruit in particular, with citrus and green pepper. Dry, high acid, medium body. Same flavours in the mouth—very full and ripe. Medium length. My local liquor store always stocks this year to year and I grab it when I want a Sauv Blanc with almost over-the-top typical NZ qualities for the varietal. Not subtle, but sometimes that's exactly what I want.
Maybe it was the heat but drinking this beautiful SauvBlanc on the deck with family for Sunday dinner was the perfect white wine to go with our gourmet hamburgers. I generally prefer reds ... but this wine is a winner - bought three more for a hopefully long hot summer. The wine looks light gold colored. The legs are medium. It smells like grapefruit and lime. It tastes like lime, grapefruit, and peach. The body is medium. The wine has polished texture. The wine finishes long.
Has gained a touch of complexity in the bottle. Grassy notes are there, they're just overshadowed by floral, pungent, aromas and flavors of stonefruit, passion fruit, guava, limes, and tomcat. Flinty finish is refreshing. Great summer quaffer.
The wine looks greenish gold colored. The legs are fast. It smells like Grapefruit, Lime, and Pear. It tastes like Lime, Grapefruit, green pepper, lemongrass, and dominated by bright, citrus flavors. The body is Light/Medium. The wine has Linear texture. The wine finishes Medium.
Arômes d'agrumes. Acidité très présente et persistante. C'est vraiment le pamplemousse qui domine, aucune subtilité. Doit être bu très frais, ça fait vraiment la job lors d'une chaude journée d'été. Une classique ici, on l'adore tous les deux. Avec des homards... Humm...
As usual a very good NZ Sauv. blanc. Gooseberry, cat pee, grass, grapefruit and some tropic fruits. Smooth and tasty, not very complex but very easy drinking wine. I might have treated this with an extra point for the value... 88-89pt
Straw with green hue; not as grassy, tangy, or lively as the 2011, this is pretty and floral with aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, lime citrus, stonefruit, passion fruit, and a lick of salt. Finishes with flint and limestone minerality.
Other NZ vinters have taken the mantle from this Marlborough original. Still hits the right notes (grapefruit, gooseberry, dusky guava) with the same crisp, clarity that initially made it unique. Now seems a bit tired and cliched. Can't beat the price, however - $10 bucks at your local warehouse store!
Je ne serai pas aussi sévère que certains car ce vin demeure sec tout en étant assez aromatique, mais il est vrai qu'il dégage des arômes d'ananas alors qu'avant ce n'était que le pamplemousse qui dominait. Il est trop cher pour ce qu'il offre et d'autres (moins chers) comme Babich, plus authentiques et longs en bouche, sont de meilleures alternatives.
Reliable every time. This one might be a little drier and spicier than past years. You'll recognize the standard NZ SB look and feel with grassy finish. Great for the price, and fun to have a 2012 vintage so early.
Ce vin est rendu une vraie farce . Jadis on avait droit à un sauvignon blanc assez parfumé au agrumes ... Aujourd'hui on a droit un à espèce de jus d'ananas parfumé au vin . Ce fut assez bien avant mais la je suis très decu
Pale straw color. Medium nose of citrus blossom, lemon, and pear. The "least grapefruit" of any KC vintage I've tasted, with a notes of pear-like sweetness on a zesty palate, and a modest finish. It's great wine, reminds me somewhat of Whitehaven, but the Kim Crawford signature "attack citrus" is missing. Is it too young or a characteristic of the vintage?