Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Review, Tasting Notes and Food Pairing RecipesKim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Review from Marlborough, New Zealand

Vintage: 2015

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Arguably one of the best Sauvignon Blanc’s I’ve ever had at this particular price point, the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is a crowd pleaser. Whether you’re looking to pair it with a variety of seafood dishes, your favorite style of fresh salad, or sip on it casually following a long day at the office — you can’t go wrong.

Typically priced between $14.99 and $18.99 depending on retailer, the Kim Crawford Sauv is a light-medium-bodied, aromatic, crisp and refreshing white wine that exemplifies what a fine Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough should taste like.

Most wine experts agree that Marlborough, New Zealand is quickly emerging as the world’s premier Sauvignon Blanc wine producing region.

Kim Crawford is Paving the Way for New Zealand Wine

Ironically, Kim Crawford is considered to be one of the premier Sauvignon Blancs sold in the U.S, despite its unaffiliated geographical origins. U.S. wine consumers are Sauvignon Blanc-aholics — in short, we know what we like in our Sauvs.

New Zealand delivers, and thanks to Vintners like Anthony Walkenhorst — head winemaker at Kim Crawford — Sauvignon Blanc vintages can be incredibly flavorful, complex and consistent year after year.

One of the innovations Anthony says he’s proud of is how Kim Crawford was the first wine maker in New Zealand to go about implementing the use of a screw cap instead of a traditional cork. This not only eliminates the possibility of a wine being afflicted with cork taint, but it also helps extend the life and preserve freshness by reducing oxidation.

Crafting the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Anthony also notes that following the harvest of their grapes, grapes are pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks with as little tampering as possible during the wine making process to preserve the Sauvignon Blanc grapes natural bold and complex flavor.

As is the case with the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, grapes are selected and blended from two distinct vineyards sites from both young and moderately old vines (up to 14 years). In addition, only the finest grapes are selected from select vineyard blocks across both the Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley within the Northeast corner of New Zealand’s South Island.

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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Review - Marlborough New Zealand Vineyards

Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s finest wine growing regions. It’s notorious for growing some of the best Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the world. Image courtesy Shutterstock.

The advantage of producing wine from these regions — especially Sauvignon Blanc — is that the vines receive long, moderately cool days and crisp nights with additional cooling from vitalizing sea air coming across the valleys from the East Coast. All of this helps to extend the amount of time it takes for the grapes the ripen, which ultimately enhances the complexity and flavor of the final wine product.

In addition, the soil composition of both the Wairau and Awatere Valley’s offers fine-grained alluvial deposits, mostly clay and gravel, which help in draining water while forcing the vines to work a little bit harder, which further enhances flavor and complexity.

Not convinced? Meet the winemaker behind crafting Kim Crawford’s legendary Sauvignon Blanc in the video below:

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Calories

On average, you can expect roughly 120 calories per 5 ounce pour of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. This is on par with most other Sauvs, and is several dozen calories less than the same size pour of a glass of Cabernet. Long story short… don’t worry about it and drink up!

Serving the KC Sauvignon Blanc

The Kim Crawford Sauv should be relatively well chilled prior to serving — about 45 degrees farenheit to be exact. A good 35-45 minutes in your fridge should do the trick. This vintage is best consumed throughout 2017 for optimal flavor. We also recommend using some high-quality, aroma-enhancing wine glasses to further improve your drinking experience. Try out this pair of “Piccolo” Glasses from Taste of Purple. Get 10% off your order with coupon code WINEDERLUST.

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Tasting Notes

Ahhh… my favorite part. Drinking. In the glass, this wine exhibits a beautiful straw gold color with medium intensity. The nose might be more favorite part… be sure to swirl the wine around a bit before you sniff to really bring out the aromas. Expect strong and delightful scents of honey dew, stone fruit, daisies, melon, pear, lime-peel and granny apple.

On the opening palate, we get a dry and light to predominantly medium-bodied mouth feel. Expect a refreshing kick of medium-plus acidity backed by some beautiful herbaceous flavors that you’re unlikely to detect on the nose. Green apple, grassy green meadow, white pepper spices, lemon-lime citrus and undertones of ripe pear delight the senses. As the mid-palate progresses, refined gravelly mineral tones and light hints of bitter almond and white peach show themselves. Approaching the close, citrus, tree and stone fruit remains dominant over a long, refreshing and incredibly well-balanced finish.

This, my friends, is a no-brainer for a summertime white.

Food Pairing the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Food Pairing - Swordfish Lemon Fennel

Try pairing the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc with this Lemon Fennel Swordfish dish, courtesy the New York Times.

If the tasting notes above didn’t make you hungry enough, here are some delicious recipes you can enjoy alongside the Kim Crawford 2015 Sauvignon Blanc that are sure to only enhance the already awesome flavor in the wine.

  • Our favorite? This Poached Pear Crostini recipe which can be served as an appetizer.
  • Also take a look at this Roquefort Pear Salad, guaranteed to make you the star at your next wine tasting party.
  • Want more protein? That’s easy. This Swordfish with Lemon Fennel dish is the only place you need to go.
  • Lemon and White Wine Chicken with Quinoa Kale, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad - Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Food Pairing RecipeLastly, try Baked Chicken with Lemon Juice, White Wine, Adobo and Cracked Black Pepper — with a side of Quinoa,Kale, Dried Cranberries and Goat Cheese Salad. Bake two large chicken breasts at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. (Recipe courtesy my sister — it’s epic).

Enjoy my friends. And please do let us know what you think of both the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and the recommend food pairings in the comment section below. We greatly appreciate your feedback!


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