Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 306,875 strong:

Register Today!

Kim Crawford Small Parcels Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Wine Review

Kim Crawford Small Parcels Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Kim Crawford Small Parcels Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Marlborough, New Zealand

Community Score:92/100

Community Reviews: 10

  Add My Review

Price: $25.00

Drink: 2013-2016

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 12.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Kim Crawford

Agent: Arterra Wines Canada Inc.

Natalie's Score: 93/100

This is a bigger wine than the house sauvignon blanc. There's a longer pungency and persistence of flavours. Very mouth-filling and luscious with surprising lift and vibrancy. The grapes for this zesty white are grown in the Growing Horizon Vineyard in central Wairau zone of Marlborough.

This Kim Crawford Small Parcels Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2013 was reviewed on March 29, 2014 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2017  2016  2015  2014 

  Add New Vintage

Pricing & Stock Information

  • 317560
  • $20.51 
  • Check Stock

Reviews and Ratings

Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Winemaker Anthony speaks about their intention with this wine, they were after more ripe tropical fruit. They chose what stood out in the tastings and it does not disappoint. Citrus on the nose, mineralogy and full of flavour on the palate with the presence of passion fruit, melon, and peach.
Andrew Bernardo rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Totally different from the straight shot Sauvignon Blanc, this offering is mineral-driven and reserved. Quite frankly, it's my type of Sauv Blanc. Steely, featuring unripe stone fruit, white grapefruit, slate, and a hint of snap pea. Mouthwatering and expressive. 93 Points. (ottawawinejournal.com)
Malcolm Lamont - WSET Adv, CSW rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Wow!! Concentrated aromas being tropical fruit, steely, crisp citrus, and a light spicy note from the 'small parcels' or smaller more prestigious vineyards.

Perfectly in balance, with everything working together on the palate, and pairs wonderfully with strong cheese, fruit compote, and a ham based paté.

Tasted October 2, 2013
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

The down side to this wine? We have to wait until March 2014 for arrival in Ontario market. It all goes straight up from there with this elegant small parcels Sauvignon Blanc. Specially selected, single vineyard grapes show ripe tropical fruit, melon, tomato vine, citrus and floral notes. Winemaker Anthony wanted this wine to stand out and it does! Loved this wine with the arugula salad and deviled ham. Great on a patio! Pricing will come in at approx.$25-$27 for our market. 1 case please!!
Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Spitfire Sauv Blanc shows a delightful nose of tropical fruit, peach and grapefruit. The palate gives lots of grapefruit and there's a long, citrus finish that says"more, please!" It sings with seafood; try it with mussels.
Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Kim Crawford's Small Parcels Spitfire is their premium small lot Sauvignon Blanc.

By blind taste testing, the winemaking team selects only the highest quality grapes from a very small percentage of their small vineyard parcels for use in their premium Sauvignon Blanc. In 2012 and 2013 grapes were sourced from a single vineyard. Attention to detail at every step in the process contributes to making this one of the finest Sauvignon Blanc wines available.

The Spitfire SB is full of beautiful exotic fruit, tomato leaf, basil, and tropical fruit leading to a very long and refreshing finish.

Seafood would pair perfectly and I'd suggest trying a Margherita pizza to complement the tomato leaf and basil notes present in the wine.

One of the finest expressions of Sauvignon Blanc I've tasted.

Mark your calendars as this small production premium Sauvignon Blanc will be arriving at select LCBOs on March 29th 2014...

92 points.
Mark Cochrane Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Kim Crawford took their wine production up a notch with this small parcels Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards within the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Citrus, herbal and grassy aromas up front with tropical fruit flavors and a more pronounced minerality that gives the wine it's unique chararcter.
If you want to get invited back for Thanksgiving dinner every year, bring this wine for the host.
Dan Carkner reviewed this wine as follows:

The top 5 lots from Kim Crawford's Sauvignon blanc production were reserved for this upper tier wine.
Lively intensity means aromas of fresh asparagus, tomato leaf, and basil leap from the glass in harmony with floral apple, tangerine, and tropical fruit characteristics. Good complexity here with medium plus acidity and surprising body providing structure. A medium long finish exemplifies the balance of tree fruit, tropical fruit, and herbaceousness.
A step above generic New Zealand Sauvignon blanc.
Community Reviewer reviewed this wine as follows:

A complex wine with layers of tropical fruit and ripe citrus flavours wiht undertones of herbaceiousness and gooseberry. Crisp acidity and a lingering finish round out this stunning wine.

Source: NB Liquor Stores

1 Member would buy this wine again


If you liked the Kim Crawford Small Parcels Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2013, you might also like these wines:



Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Inniskillin Dessert Wine
Vidal Icewine 2018,
Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A. ...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean offers North America's most popular online wine and food pairing classes. She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, both selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year.

Join 306,875 thirsty wine lovers who get access to all of her wine reviews by becoming a member of her site. Take a free online pairing class with her here.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  




Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award