Copper with hints of gold.
Toasty brioche aromas overlaid with delicate citrus fruit.
The palate has a soft, creamy texture, with good depth of fruit and added complexity from yeast autolysis. A delightfully soft, creamy texture, excellent weight and balance, and refreshing natural acidity which lingers in a crisp, dry finish.
Drink now and up to five years.
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Wine maker notes
Felicity Nelson, the legendary personality who hosts all of our New Zealand vineyard and winery visitors, is so bubbly and vivacious, she goes by the nickname ”Fizz.” Our Methode Traditionnelle is a tribute to her individuality, vigor, and quirky sophistication.
Chardonnay from the Castle Cliffs Vineyard in Marlborough’s cool Awatere Valley provides elegance, minerality, and pure citrus flavors. The Brooklands and Hay Vineyards - in the heavy clay soils of Marlborough’s Southern Valleys - provide depth, structure, and complexity for our Pinot Noir.
An elegant Methode Traditionnelle, with refined lemon, grapefruit, Braeburn apple, and white peach aromas, with gentle brioche complexity. It’s taut, crisp, and minerally on the palate, with wonderful finesse and a silken texture through to the long, fine finish.
Pairs beautifully with smoked salmon served with horseradish and dill.
In 1996, Kim Crawford and his wife Erica fell in love with the idea of starting a winery. The only problem was they had little money. So Kim and Erica ran the company from a spare room of their home in Central Auckland, New Zealand. In their first vintage, they produced 4,000 cases without owning a single grapevine or tank.
With head-spinning speed, their powerful, aromatic wines gained a devoted, even fanatical, following. Just two years after startup, they began exporting their wines to the United States. Within four short years of their first release, the Crawfords had rented a state-of-the-art winery in Marlborough and began looking at vineyards they could buy.
In 2003, Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc made Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List for the first time. And then again in 2005, 2006 and in 2008—the same year Wine Spectator also awarded our Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 91 points to mark seven years in a row of 90 plus points for this wine.
Today we’re the #1 luxury New Zealand wine in the United States.*