If there is any wine with a quintessential style, it is New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Grassy, herbacious and zingy, it is hard to miss it when it is in your glass. But, more and more, New Zealand winemakers are showing more restraint and making a different, more elegant, style of Sauvignon Blanc. One of those wineries is Loveblock Wines in Marlborough, owned by Kim and Erica Crawford. The same people famous for that classic style are making wines of balance, elegance and beauty, which I wrote about recently in the Napa Valley Register and am sharing here.
When one thinks of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, it is typically of a wine with big pungent aromatics of lime, gooseberry, grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapple, lemongrass, fresh-cut grass, green bell pepper, and jalapeno and zesty, high acidity on the palate.
This style of Sauvignon Blanc put the wine region of Marlborough on the international wine map. And, one of the brands that is the epitome of this style is Kim Crawford Wines. Today, the same people who started Kim Crawford Wines, Kim and Erica Crawford, are defining the style of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and more.