Kim Crawford SP Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2014
- Silver - International Wine Challenge 2015
An exuberant Sauvignon Blanc emanating passionfruit, grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas. Rich and full, a concentrated blend of sweet and citrusy fruit flavours kiss the palate with plenty of weight through a long, delightful finish.
Spitfire derives its name from the origin of the grapes which were grown on a vineyard formerly used as an air force training base during World War II. The soil in this cool climate site is silty alluvial and the vines are Vertical Shoot Position trained. The grapes were selected from two vineyards, Gane and McFarlane, in the Central Wairau and Rapaura sub-regions.
Beautiful spring weather and near perfect conditions during flowering resulted in one of the earliest and potentially largest harvests on record. In mid-March, Fijian cyclone Lusi made a brief appearance bringing an inch of rain and a stiff breeze but harvest resumed a couple of days later with Sauvignon Blanc being picked on warm, sunny days in April.
The fruit was machine harvested in the cool of the evening and overnight to preserve flavours. Each vineyard was kept separate during the winemaking process. The grapes were destemmed with minimal skin contact then gently pressed immediately after crushing. When all tanks had completed fermentation, they were blended, stabilised and bottled
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