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New Zealand tasting notes

text and photographs © 2007 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on New Zealand's South Island.


Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Fine, nicely herbal and passionfruit nose. There is a nice greengage and juicy nectarine quality. Good balance. Nice grapefruit and lime acidity. Long finish.

Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc Spitfire Mk II 2005
Very pungent gooseberry and herbal notes, with a lot of bursting grapefruit and gooseberry. On the palate a blast of sweet, tropical fruit with plenty of ripeness and a great core of lemony and pithy acidity.

Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Pia Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Terrific pea-pod and herb-tinged oatmeally and funky character. Fine dusty, hessian aromas. Lovely grapefruity acidity, with masses of crispness and dry acidity.

Kim Crawford, Gisborne Parklands Gewurztraminer 2005
Quite fragrant lychee and tropical mango aromatics. Very good, very fruity, with lots of unctuous mouthfeel and a weighty apricot and nectarine fruit. Good acids.

Kim Crawford, Waipara Riesling 2005
Slightly flat nose, but the palate has a zesty blast of fine lemony pure fruit

Kim Crawford, Marlborough Dry Riesling 2005
Sherbetty and lemon qualities, with nice medium palate and decent citrussy length.

Kim Crawford, "Bone dry" 2005
Fine Clare Valley style, shot through with lemony flavours and nice zesty impact.

Kim Crawford, Hawke's Bay Viognier 2005
This has a good varietal nose, with lots of really ripe pears, and a touch of toffee-like quality (Unoaked). Very nice mouthfilling fruit, with a touch of RS, but the balance is good.

Kim Crawford, Pinot Noir 2005
Nice toasty nose, with plenty of coffee and toasted oatmeally quality. Fine silky quality and good bangs per buck.

Kim Crawford, Comely Bank Pinot Noir 2005
Has very fine, rounded, sweet Lovely fruit on the palate, and terrific fruit sweetness. This has a nice ripe tannic structure behind it too.

Kim Crawford, Comely Bank Pinot Noir 2004
A little bit spicy and peppery, with a touch of dried herbs and sweet, ripe fruit. Sweet and ripe on the palate with plenty of fruit and goof acidity, before some toasty, espresso oak comes back through,

Kim Crawford, Hawke's Bay Pinot 2004
Big mint toffee nose, with plenty of new oak showing through. The fruit on the palate is quite rich and ripe, with a nice plummy quality to it. There's a liquoricy edge, but tangy freshness.

Kim Crawford, Hawke's Bay Merlot 2004
All into American oak, about 40% new. Little touch green, with some herbal, dried herb nuances, but a meaty, bloody fruit character. Big mouthful of fruit, with quite silky tannic structure and a big core of acidity.

Kim Crawford, Cabernet Franc 2004
Rather green and a touch stalky, with a touch of liniment. Very fine acidic and crisp fruit, but not crazy about it

Kim Crawford, Tane 2002
A touch of rustic charm here, with lots of richness of red fruits and fine black coffee notes, along with a much meatier, earthier presence. A little touch bretty quality to add an edge.

UK Agent: Liberty Wines Ltd, Tel: 020 7720 5350

for New Zealand South Island profiles, Kim Crawford