Recommendation: Not Recommended.
Winery/Producer: Kim Crawford Wines; Huapai, New Zealand.
Grape Variety: Sauvignon blanc.
Geographic Region, Appellation: Marlborough Region, New Zealand.
Price: $18.00 (Purchased at a Village Tavern wine pairing dinner)
Purchased From: Village Tavern; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Grilled salmon with dill sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and cucumber salad.
He said: Served chilled. Clear with just a little wheat straw tint. INTENSE citrus aromas with just a tiny hint of damp earth. VERY, VERY STRONG citrus taste with fairly strong acidity. A chalky lingering finish that ends with a slight bitter taste. I would describe this intensity of citrus flavor as overpowering. We had this at a Village Tavern wine tasting dinner, and sitting here after a very nice salmon with dill sauce dinner, wonder why we bought it. At $18.00 I can’t recommend it.
She said: GRAPEFRUIT! That is the word that best describes this wine from start to finish and it is a tad overwhelming. The grapefruit aroma was bold and persistent lasting well into the taste and through long finish. It was so big that it gave the wine some body. The grapefruit presence was not of the sweet sort but had a bitter component that was not entirely unpleasant. The fact that the grapefruit was so persistent and in your face made the wine less desirable as a companion to this dinner, perhaps any dinner. There is nothing subtle about this wine so if you like big and bold citrus and grapefruit with a bit of bitterness it is the wine for you.