Named after a former WWII air force base where the grapes are grown, this is a real ‘Spitfire’ of a wine. Selected from the two finest small blocks of Raparua’s Murphy vineyard, this is a rich, full Sauvignon Blanc.
A hugely aromatic wine with aromas of passionfruit, nettles, citrus. The complex palate launches a concentrated burst of juicy tropical fruits and grapefruit backed with minerality and a long lingering finish.
The Small Parcels ‘Spitfire’ Sauvignon Blanc takes its name from a famous site in Marlborough that was used as an air force base during WWII. Two outstanding vineyards were selected for the this vintage. The first, Awatere Hills, W Block, is located in the southerly subregion of Blind River. This block is in a small valley protected from the cold winds. A small patch of rich alluvial silt provides a large, healthy vine canopy, and a massive blast of zesty capsicum and grapefruit on the nose and mid-palate. The other, Awarua, is one of Kim Crawford's newest vineyards. Just 6 years ago this was rich dairy farming land at the mouth of the Wairau Valley.
Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit was crushed and the free-run juice was drained for about three hours before the skins were pressed. Fermentation was long, slow and cool, with a yeast selected to express the grapes' grapefruit and passion fruit characteristics. Only the best wines were selected for the Small Parcels blend, following a rigorous tasting selection. The blend was left to marry for a brief period and the wine was bottled early to retain its freshness and purity of fruit.
Kim Crawford Wines was established in late 1996, when Kim launched a range made from fruit grown in the South Island. Kim sold the company to Constellation in 2005 and has since handed the winemaking reins over to the Constellation winemaking team. Despite Kim no longer being involved with these wines, the current winemakers continue the classic Kim Crawford philosophy and style. Control over grape supply has always been essential for Kim Crawford Wines and they now have the largest vineyard resource in Marlborough of any wine company, across the greatest breadth of sub-regions, ensuring consistent quality and style. For that consistency, and success over the past 20 years, Wine Enthusiast magazine USA recognised Kim Crawford as their “New World Winery of the Year 2016”.
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