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Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Wine Review

Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 14

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Price: $24.95

Drink: 2015-2017

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Winery: Kim Crawford

Agent: Arterra Wines Canada Inc.

Natalie's Score: 94/100

So creamy, rich and seductively complex. This is a more richly woven Sauvignon Blanc than the winery's entry-level version. There's a longer pungency and persistence of flavours. Very mouth-filling and luscious with surprising lift and vibrancy. Winemaker Anthony is after more ripe tropical fruit in this expression, such as passion fruit, melon, and guava. So vibrant and expressive with clean slate and white citrus on the finish. Pair with mussels, oysters and scallops.

Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Margherita pizza, salad, pork, strong cheese.

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This Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2015 was reviewed on August 4, 2016 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2017  2016  2014  2013 

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Pricing & Stock Information

  • BCLDB
  • 317560
  • $20.51 
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Reviews and Ratings

Colin McKone - Sommelier rated this wine as 94/100 with the following review:

Strong aromas of passion fruit and pineapple hit you right away followed by lemon, melon and herbaceous notes. It is light bodied with well balanced acidity with lemon and passion fruit flavours on the finish. Will pair well with seafood, soft cheeses, asparagus or green salads. If you like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, you will kicking yourself if you don't try this one.
Sylvain Segard rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

A great Sauvignon Blanc which wakes up your senses. This wine packs intense passion fruit and pineapple aromas and offers a full palette of flavours tropical fruits, melon and herbaceaous flavours. Medium long finish of passion fruit and mouthwatering lasting acidity.
Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Kim Crawford makes this Sauv Blanc from small batches of exceptional grapes; those used to make this SB from a site used during WW2 as air force training base. Refreshing nose shows herbaceous, citrus and tropical fruit, while the palate has grassy, citrus lemon and ripe tropical guava and pineapple. Crisp, extra-dry, good acidity with a lingering tart finish.
Tasted July 2016
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Herb, grass and tropical fruit aromas with citrus and pineapple flavors really coming out on the palate. Great acidity and would pair well with shellfish.
Nick Onischuk - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

The Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is a must try for those who love this varietal. Beautiful aromas and flavours of passion fruit, lemongrass, melon. Tasted September 2016 (92/100)
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Loved the expression of this Sauvignon Blanc. A little less herbal with lots more tropical. This Kim Crawford won't disappoint the ardent SB fans though. There's still zippy acidity, fresh grass and gooseberry but layered with guava, passion fruit,pineapple, honeydew melon, and some soothing honey richness. The length is long, fresh and smooth. Bring on grilled seafood or perhaps a seafood chowder, baked clams. Loved it.
Tasted: September 2016
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

If you love NZ Sauvignon Blanc, this is definitely one to try! Beautiful aromas are layered in this wine, from lush tropical notes (melon, pineapple, passionfruit) to citrus (lemon zest, lime) to a subtle herbaceous note. This wine had a more creamy texture than I was expecting, but was still dry on the palate, and was balanced beautifully with some refreshing acidity and a lingering finish. Loved it! A go-to wine for fresh steamed mussels or other seafood.
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Kim Crawford's spitfire Sauvignon Blanc is a wine which commands attention, and gets exactly that… from the winemaking team. This wine is composed of 70% Blind River fruit and small parcel lots grown in East West Rows to ensure even ripening. Beautiful on the pallet and the nose, this wine offers Marlborough typicity with an elegant and unique expression of Kim Crawford's best. Gooseberry, fresh herbs, minerality, citrus peel and a hint of tropical fruit. A great find. @jonsteeves rated 91/100 - tasted Sept 2016
Carola Price rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Pow! The nose is full of melon, grass, lime peel, kiwi. In the mouth it is more tropical fruit with lots of citrus to keep you interested. Medium bodied and a great example of higher end NZ Sauvignon Blanc. Pair this with grilled tiger shrimp, halibut and red snapper with lots of herbs and lemon pepper. Grilled veggies with goat cheese works beautifully here. Drink now to 2 years
Melanie Aubert rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

The epitome of a Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Concentrated passion fruit, guava, lime and minerality. Delicious! If you love the regular KC sauvignon blanc, treat yourself to this one. What a beautiful expression of the varietal! Well done.

Get the whole story at https://winingwithmel.com/2016/09/19/kim-crawford/.
Dianne Sheridan - Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

This 2015 Sauvignon Blanc delivers with a bang notes of grapefruit, mineral, herbs, tropical fruits and pineapple. It is aromatic and sends a punch of lime and citrus on the palate. Packed with flavour and a luscious, long, lingering finish. Not your typical Sauvignon Blanc.

Enjoy with green salads, fish, goat cheese, shellfish.
Claria Calderone rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Its a powerful wine in taste for my liking, however its subtle and soft. I sensed hints of fruitful guava, which I loved. I would enjoy it as an after dinner wine.
This 2015 vintage New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc starts with soft tropical fruit, followed by dried green herbs. Each vintage, Kim Crawford selects the best grapes from its best small parcels among its vineyards. Spitfire derives its name from the iconic site in Marlborough that was an air force base during World War II, but is now planted with vines. - Community Wine Review

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