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Kim Crawford Fizz Methode Traditionnelle 2009 Wine Review

Kim Crawford Fizz Methode Traditionnelle 2009

Kim Crawford Fizz Methode Traditionnelle 2009

Marlborough, New Zealand

Community Score:89/100

Community Reviews: 19

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Price: $30.00

Drink: 2013-2016

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 12%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Sparkling Wine

Winery: Kim Crawford

Agent: Arterra Wines Canada Inc.

Natalie's Score: 92/100

All the grapes for this sparkling wine come from the Marlborough region. It's crisp and clean with lovely notes of green melon and green apple. Perfect as an aperitif or companion to seafood and vegetarian dishes. The winemaker Anthony calls 2009 a terrific vintage.

This Kim Crawford Fizz Methode Traditionnelle 2009 was reviewed on December 3, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Malcolm Lamont - WSET Adv, CSW rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Uncorking the Kim Crawford tasting with Anthony Walkenhorst, with their brand new Small parcels Sparkling wine.

Rich ripe tropical fruit and citrus from this Pinot Noir / Chardonnay blend, with biscuity complexity being added by the 42 months of lees exposure this wine has seen.

Beautifully balanced on the palate, with a really nice Fizzz or small well populated bubbles.

A beautiful wine, can't wait to see it at the LCBO!

Tasted October 2, 2013
Lynn van der Linde - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Pop!! Fizz... Time to celebrate! Heady aromas of green apple and ripe pears, delicate and persistent bubbles that truly do "fizz" on and on. Could be paired with everything from fish and chips to dark chocolate, or... absolutely perfect on its own. Snag this in time for the holidays!
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Green apple, melon, tropical fruit and baked bread on both the nose and palate. The bubbles are plentiful and give the wine a clean finish.
Steve Kubota rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:


Varietal composition: 60% Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay
Appellations: Marlborough, NZ; Castle Cliffs, Brooklands; and Hay Vineyards
Vintage: 2009
Time on Lees in bottle: 42 months
Alcohol: 12%
Sugar: 8.0 g/l
Acid: 6.6 g/l
pH: 3.09

Small Parcels:

Small Parcels are micro-cuvees representing the very best of what New Zealand’s pristine, cool-climate vineyards can produce. They often reflect specific site, expressing a unique terroir in a special way. Each wine is rare, handcrafted, world-class gem for enthusiasts and collectors.


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.

My Tasting Notes:

I tasted the 2009 Small Parcels Fizz at a New Zealand Bubbly and Chardonnay promotion. These sparkling and Chardonnay wines were chosen by an astute panel of industry experts in New Zealand to help showcase the best of the best for each category.

The Fizz was tasted with five other vintage and non-vintage sparkling wines. The Fizz was high up on sparkling wine chart and for good reason. This is a classy sparkling wine filled with citrus and yeasty aromas, clean crisp apple, lemon and minerals on the palate. There is an elegance wine reminding me of a few of more expensive Champagnes from France. The Fizz is an excellent wine that’s great on its own or paired with any soft cheese and baguette or with raw oysters.

Tasted on May 14th, 2015
Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Another Small Parcels premium product from Kim Crawford in NZ. This 2009 KC "Fizz" methode traditionnelle sparkling wine is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Marlborough. It spent 42 months on its lees and the depth of flavour reflects that. Loaded with delicate orchard fruit notes and flavours, fresh baked bread, incredible minerality (making it exceptionally food friendly), delicate micro bubbles all makes this a terrific and affordable alternative to vintage Champagne. A wine I'd recommend buying by the case and watching it evolve over the years. Tasted October 2013. 91 points. Matt Steeves - www.nataliemaclean.com
Lori Kilmartin - WSET3 Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

This traditional method blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay would make a good alternative (and less expensive one) to the real deal. There is lots of depth and structure to this sparkling wine that has spent 42 months on the lees. Brioche, biscuit, toasty notes all make this attractive even before tasting. Mouth watering and crisp yet still silky at the same time. Always a fan of Kim Crawford - I plan on adding this to my cellar.
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Yum. This is a festive bubbly with beautiful notes of butter, toast, and yeasty notes, along with crisp green apple. Dry and crisp. Bubbles are tight and refreshing. Perfect for oysters, smoked salmon, potato chips, pretty much anything.
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Inviting, delicious and easy drinking! Clean pronounced aromas and flavours include: orange blossom, yellow apple, melon and pear. The palate is off-dry and moutherwatering with medium-short orange finish. Tasted Nov 2015.
Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

It's always time for a glass of fizz. Today I discovered Kim Crawford Fizz Methode Tradtionelle. This is a great sparkler to bring out any time you feel like celebrating Life! With apple and citrus notes, it is made from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay.
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

A beautiful start to lunch featuring Kim Crawford wines. Plentiful bubbles wash the palate. Tree fruit, melon, bakers yeast, citrus on the nose and palate. Clean, crisp acidity. Lovely on it's own. Look forward to it's arrival at LCBO stores and at approx $30 is good value for this stunner. Clink!
Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Lots of flavor here, green apple, melon, peaches- and wonderful mouthfeel. Niice bubbles and would be divine with garlic shrimps or baked balsamic kale chips! Yum! Great vintage - for this product!
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

The Kim Crawford Small Parcels Fizz, traditional method 2009 vintage from Marlborough NZ. Aromatics of pear, apricot, granny smith apple and wet stone. This wine is a great party pleaser. Enjoy the "fizz" with almost anything or on it's own. Enjoy now.
Mymi Thesingingsommelier - Sommelier, FWS rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

In 1996, Kim Crawford and his wife Erica fell in love with the idea of starting a winery. In the beginning, they ran the company from a spare room of their home in Central Auckland, New Zealand and without owning grapevines or tanks, Kim and Erica produced their first 4,000 cases, thereby established Kim Crawford Wines. Only two years after launch, Kim Crawford Wines began exporting to the United States. Within four years, the company moved into a state-of-the-art winery in Marlborough and began looking at vineyards to purchase and cultivate. Just six years after these humble beginnings, Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc made the 2003 Wine Spectator's Top 100 List to roaring acclaim!
One of the first wineries in New Zealand to utilize the screw cap and producing fruit-driven Chardonnays at the time of the oaky Chardonnay craze, it is safe to say that Kim Crawford is a pioneer who isn’t afraid to go against the grain… And thank goodness he did!
This 2009 “FIZZ” Méthode Traditionelle is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, all hand harvested from the elegant 2009 vintage… It is seductively spectacular!
It is named after Felicity Nelson, a legendary personality who hosts all of their New Zealand vineyard and winery visitors. She is so bubbly and vivacious that she goes by the nickname “Fizz.”!
Its color is a pale straw yellow with the daintiest bubbles!
On the nose, there is a little cream, soft pear and apples aromas.
On the palate, it is delightful and vibrant with zesty citrus notes, lovely yeast and a creamy mouthfeel…
If Champagne isn’t in your budget, this is a great compromise!
Mark Cochrane Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:

It was a real pleasure to be one of the first people in Ottawa to sample the Kim Crawford Fizz Methode Traditionelle 2009. A light effervescent blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay makes a nice crisp sparkling wine with flavours of citrus, apple and some biscuit. A nice alternative to a Cava or Presecco
Martha Kelly AIWS - CS rated this wine as 85/100 with the following review:

This New World traditional method sparkling wine tastes of citrus and green tree fruit with a refreshing mouth-mouthfeel from the lively mousse.
Enjoy now with your favourite appetizers to set the mood for your celebration.
Date tasted: October 2014.
Paula Bernardino rated this wine as 83/100 with the following review:

I had the chance to attend an educational seminar on blending Kim Crawford’s Sauvignon Blancs in Montreal where the special guest was Kim Crawford’s senior winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst. The evening started with the 2009 Kim Crawford Small Parcels Fizz which was brilliantly paired with a few delicious appetizers: prosciutto wrapped on a piece of peach and a small mint leaf, Nan bread with fig jam and tomatoes, and skewers of watermelon and feta cheese. This bubbly, with flavours of pear and lemon, will be available at the SAQ in December 2015, right on time for the Holidays.
Tasted in Montreal on September 23, 2015
Dan Carkner reviewed this wine as follows:

60% Pinot noir, 40% Chardonnay, vinified in the traditional method.
Small production and careful vinification result in a balanced wine sure to please bubbly fans. Classic aromas of Asian pear and bruised apple are complemented by chalky minerality and yeasty notes. Fine bubbles and flavors of cooked orchard fruit persist through the finish.
A dry style sparkler well aged on its lees (42 months!) this offering is fantastic as an apperatif but is just in time to pair with fall fare featuring roasted apple and pear.
This stunning wine exhibits refined citrus, apple aromas with brioche complexity, while the palate displays wonderful finesse and a silken texture

Source: Agent (Constellation Brands Inc.)

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