Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2021
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 98% Pinot Gris 2% Gewürztraminer
This Pinot Gris is pale straw in colour. On the nose, wonderfully lifted orchard fruit aromas of ripe pear and quince jelly are supported by notes of rosewater. The palate is weighty and textural, with concentrated flavours of tropical fruits and spice on the finish.
The fruit for the 2021 Pinot Gris comes from three sites in Marlborough. The estate owned 'Favourite' vineyard on the north bank of the Lower Awatere provides lively pear and quince flavours with crisp acidity, with the remaining fruit is sourced from Parsons Road vineyard near Blenheim, and the Maven vineyard. The vines are all VSP (vertical shoot positioning) and cane pruned.
Kim Crawford Wines was established in late 1996, when Kim and Erica Crawford launched two wines made from fruit grown in Marlborough. The Crawfords sold the company to Constellation in 2005 and subsequently handed the reins over to the Constellation winemaking team, led by chief winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst, who had trained under Kim. Despite Kim Crawford no longer being involved with these wines, the current winemakers and viticulturalists continue the classic Crawford philosophy and style. Control over grape supply has always been essential and Constellation continues to maintain good contracts with growers in the region, ensuring consistency of quality and style.