Kim Crawford 2008 Marlborough Pinot Noir

Posted on January 26, 2010

Kim Crawford began making wine in the late 1980's, during the most dynamic period in the country's budding wine industry. He first produced wine under his own name in 1996, including the highly-acclaimed Tietjen Gisborne Chardonnay. This wine's acclaim propelled the brand's growth. Soon after, Kim Crawford Wines were available throughout New Zealand, as well as countries around the world. The label includes wines from most of New Zealand's wine regions.. Along with their Marlborough Pinot Noir, their releases include Hawke's Bay Merlot, Gisborne Gewurztraminer, and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. They also produce several smaller lots.

 

Winery - Kim Crawford Wines

Location - Auckland, New Zealand

Wine - Kim Crawford 2008 Marlborough Pinot Noir

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir

Appellation - Marlborough

Alcohol - 13.5% v/v

Price -$15 USD

 

Nose/Aroma - Cherries and strawberries with oak and a slight floral characteristic.

Palate/Flavors - Delicate, slightly sweet, slightly acetic. Black cherries and red fruit, decently balanced with barrel spice and a touch of pepper. Lasting finish with little astringency and medium bitterness.

Style - Burgundian approach.

Food Pairing - Salmon Risotto.

Comments- Made to drink immediately. A nice food wine wine due to balance of sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. Not a stunning example of New Zealand Pinot Noir, but a serviceable wine. There aren't too many NZ wines available in the United States these days.