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Loveblock Vintners

Sauvignon Blanc,
 2019

$21.99 $18.99/bottle

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Description

Since selling their namesake brand in 2003, Kim and Erica Crawford have launched Loveblock Vintners to produce organic and sustainably farmed wine with a more restrained and elegant style while retaining the lifted aromatics, minerality, and vibrant acidity that are so delicious

Variety:  Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Winemaker:  Loveblock Vintners
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.0%

Winemaker's Notes

Water white, with a hint of green and gold. Lifted aromatics of canned peaches, pineapple, nettle, fresh herbs, and elder flower. The palate bursts with white peach, cantaloupe, Cape gooseberry and green apple underscored by green tea and a ripe herbal backbone. Long citrus and mineral finish, with linear acidity balanced by creamy mouthfeel

John's Notes

My wife and I love New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and will often pour a glass (or two) while cooking Sunday dinner

Today however, I’ve asked my friend Daniel Bollweg to write this one up. A classmate in WSET Level 4 studies, I first met Daniel a couple of years ago in Chicago.  In addition to generally keeping me on task with classes and assignments, Daniel is a naturally talented wine taster who has a flare to his write-ups that I always enjoy!  Thanks for the help Daniel

Daniel’s Notes: “New Zealand!  Sauvignon Blanc!  Hooray!  An outstanding refreshment, full of lemon-lime fruit on the palate and sea-breeze aromas.  This well-balanced white is a great fit for fresh salads and patio fun.”

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Loveblock Vintners

  • Kim and Erica Crawford launched the Kim Crawford brand in 1996, then sold it to Vincor in 2003
  • Kim Crawford (the person) is forging new ground as winemaker for Loveblock Vintners, which he started with his wife Erica after they identified a wild piece of land overlooking the Awatere Valley
  • Loveblock wines are not simply a reboot of Kim’s previous venture. “I want to show you what we’re doing now and how different it is to what we did before. Before, we bought grapes from someone else, and we made the wines at someone else’s winery. This time around, we do the farming” said Erica Crawford
  • New Zealand is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, but the Crawfords didn’t want another big, aromatic wine. Instead, they opted for a well-balanced approach. With Loveblock, organic farming constrains the nose, Crawford said, creating wine with a more restrained and elegant style

Variety: 98% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Pinot Gris

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Climate:

  • Marlborough is at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, and has a cool maritime climate with long sunshine hours and nights cooled by the ocean breezes. Generally, New Zealand has a low annual difference between its hottest months and its coldest months (low continentality)
  • The Awatare Valley is drier, cooler, and windier than the neighboring Wairau Valley which leads to higher acidity and a distinct herbaceous character

Viticulture

  • Perched on top of the hills overlooking Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, the Loveblock is far removed from the agricultural bustle in the valley below
  • At Loveblock, we have a deeply held belief that we are custodians of our land. We farm it and grow grapes in accordance with New Zealand Organic Certification standards, Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) accreditation requirements and incorporate some Biodynamic practice
  • These (vines) really have to work hard for every bit of nutrient and food and water that they get. We farm like the Old World. So the expression is quite different. It’s nothing new. The French, the Italians have been making wine like this forever. It’s a little bit more in the Old World style

Winemaking:

  • Batches were fermented separately until dry with only a small portion of the juice being barrel fermented in neutral old oak barrels
  • 10% went through natural fermentation (native yeasts)
  • 20% underwent full malolactic fermentation in tank
  • No preservatives were added before fermentation, therefore the wine is low in sulfur

Alcohol:   13.0%

Pairs Well With: Fresh salads, oysters, seafood, pasta and chicken

Reviews

Wine Spectator (90): Peach, pear and citrus flavors are plump and juicy, with a thread of floral details and whiffs of lemongrass and dried mango on the finish. Drink now

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