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Kim Crawford Dry Riesling - $17.99
green apple, lemon, mineral
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Colour: Pale straw. Aroma: Intense aromatics with citrus and grapefruit complexed with hints of honey and spice. Palate: Explosion of fruit flavours, citrus, honey and even some peach. Great minerality in the wine is balanced with a hint of sweetness. Food Match: An ideal aperitif or suited to delicate fusion foods. Cellar: Great now and can only get better. Will keep up to 15 years with careful cellaring. We are committed to continually improving wine quality and have sealed this wine with a screw cap. This ensures cork taint is eliminated, oxidation minimized and that the wine arrives as we intended.
Kim Crawford Wines started out in a small Auckland cottage in New Zealand. Since launch in 1996, the label has gained critical acclaim around the globe. Being big was never our aim. Being the best has been. Pouring a glass of Kim Crawford Wine promises great times with friends; it often heralds a spirited lunch or lively evening. It conveys confidence in a stylish, stimulating environment. We do things unconventionally, take risks, start things, welcome different. Screw caps keep wine fresher than corks. So we started championing them. We decided the world needed a clean, top quality, fruit driven Chardonnay devoid of the heavy oak. So we started making one.
green apple, lemon, mineral
mineral, peach, pineapple
flowers, herbs, lime, mint, spearmint, spicy
apple, peach, pepper
citrus, lime, mineral
Poultry & Eggs
Onions, Leeks, Shallots
Fish or Shellfish
Mexican & South American, Pho
Although it makes just one-tenth the wine of neighboring Australia, this country’s production is increasing every year. Its white wines are generally unoaked with pronounced flavor, rich texture, and high acidity. The South Island’s renowned Sauvignon Blanc is so distinctive that it can be compared to asparagus, limes, grass, or passion fruit. This region also excels in intense Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Cabernet Sauvignon grows well on the North Island, yielding an intense, berry fruit. There the Pinot Noirs are rich and the Chardonnays are soft and ripe but well balanced.
(REESE ling)—a grape that comes mostly from the Mosel and Rheingau regions of Germany (where it is a noble variety), the Finger Lakes region of New York, and Alsace region of France, and Austria. Although often thought of as “sweet,” many Rieslings are quite dry. The word trocken on German bottles indicates dryness. The trademarks of Riesling are high acidity, low to medium alcohol levels, and aromas and flavors that range from fruity and flowery to mineral. Also called Johannesburg Riesling or White Riesling.
Besides producing Mel Gibson, this region can also produce some pretty intense wine. Australia has become the fourth largest wine export in the world. Australian labels are strictly labeled depending where the grapes where grown to make the wine. In New Zealand the sea moderates the weather producing cooler summers and milder winters. The effect of consistently cool nights is to produce fruit which is nearly always high in acidity.
When the first growers planted grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s (there is evidence of plantings as early as 1870s), it is unlikely they would have foreseen the extent of the growth and fame that the region’s wine industry would achieve, based upon a single varietal called Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive pungency and zest fruit flavours of the first Marlborough wines, in particular Sauvignon Blanc, captured the imagination of the country's winemakers as well as international wine commentators and consumers and sparked an unparalleled boom in vineyard development. Worldwide interest in Marlborough wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc, has continued to fuel that regional wine boom.
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