This is aromatic with fresh herbs, especially sage, then bursts with pineapple, grapefruit and guava flavors in the mouth, skipping lightly through the vivid finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases imported.
An intensely rich wine with a multitude of flavours. It is held together with firm acidity, beautiful fruit sweetness and lashings of tropical fruit flavours. The wine has good length and is very persistent in the mouth.
|Wine maker notes
|Spitfire is the pinnacle Sauvignon Blanc for Kim Crawford Wines. It represents quality and excellence in every aspect of the viticulture and winemaking process. Fruit for this wine is selected from various vineyard blocks, depending on quality and flavour expression. Because the winery is set up to batch process fruit, we are able to select which fruit makes it into the "Spitfire", blending to desired expression on the palate.
Quality is the only parameter used to grade grapes for this wine, so volume is always limited. We have three or four sites throughout the Marlborough region which are considered to be a level above the rest. 'Spitfire" can come from a blend of vineyards or a single vineyard depending on the season.
We aim for a wine that shows the full Sauvignon flavour spectrum from fresh cut grasses and herbs through to generous amounts of tropical fruit on the palate. We look for the wine to be more elegant and to show constraint. The outstanding features we seek are balance and palate weight. It makes for an extraordinary Sauvignon. An elegant, complex, well balanced wine that improves with bottle age, allowing us to explore yet to be discovered flavour of this much coveted Marlborough varietal.