Spitfire SP Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008
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Producer: Kim Crawford
Country: New Zealand
Spitfire derives its name from the origin of the grapes which were grown on the Delta vineyard formerly used as an air force training base during WWII. A blend of nettles, gooseberry and tropical fruit combined with the characteristic herbaceousness of this variety. Kim Crawford Wines was established in late 1996, when Kim launched a range made from fruit grown in the South Island. Kim's control over his own grape supply has ensured that quality remains at its current very high level. He now has a stake in over 100 hectares of vineyard, while most of the rest of his fruit comes from growers with whom he has developed a long term arrangements, something that means he can ask the grower to reduce yields or pick exactly when Kim decides the time is right. All of this has resulted in better fruit, which in turn means better wines. The saying 'good things come in small parcels' applies particularly to these wines. Each vintage, Kim discovers small batches of exceptional grapes that he makes into the Small Parcel SP range. The fruit from the Delta vineyard proved exceptional this year and although it is unusual that a single vineyard produces a full enough spectrum of flavours to make a complete wine. Sauvignon Blanc at its best.