Wine: Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Country: New Zealand
Do not mistake this wine for the regular bottling of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc found on grocery store shelves for $18. Kim Crawford has a small parcels program – small batches of exceptional grapes are used for these wines. Spitfire derives its name from a WWII airbase in Blenheim where Spitfire squadrons were based. This area, sheltered from NZ”s cool southerly winds, allows the grapes to fully ripen, leading to a full-bodied style with tropical fruit flavors. Most NZ Sauvignon Blancs tend to have similar profiles – lots of grapefruit flavors and acidity. You will find this wine to be remarkably different and remarkably good.