Kim Crawford First Pick Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – $$
According to the Kim Crawford Wines media release in February 2013 this Sauvignon Blanc is a low calorie wine. It is made in a lighter, lower alcohol style, pitched perhaps as a lunchtime quaffer when you need to achieve more in the afternoon than just sleeping off the lunch…
12% alcohol, and light in colour. On the label there is no region attributed to the supply of the grapes, and this combined with the lighter style the winemakers are going for, I see none of the tomato stalk / herby notes on the nose that I would see in a typical Marlborough grasscutter. Perhaps grown in a warmer clime around Auckland or the Hawkes Bay? Anyway, the nose gives nothing away.
Ditto in the mouth – the wine is soft, fruity, and too short in acidity for me to be anything more than a Wet ‘n Forget-ter. Still, approachable and pleasant enough to drink, and it’s good to have a less ‘aggressive’ NZ Sav wine style available to the consumer. Plus it held up ok against the vinegar aromas of pickle-making I’ve got going on in the kitchen (cucumber, cauli and onion – yum). 2+