Crown Range Cellar ‘Drowsy Fish’, ‘Stolen Heart’ and Pinot Noir Releases

17-Jul-2017
Crown Range Cellar is the unique and successful super-premium wine negotiant business of young entrepreneur Jing Song, who established her business in 2010 following working with, and discussing ideas with veteran Central Otago winemaker Grant Taylor. The portfolio is idiosyncratic and very interesting, borne from Jing Song’s heart and mind. While there are international wines available through the company, it is the New Zealand wines which are the focus. The ‘Drowsy Fish’ whites are made to accompany seafood and have included Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. ‘The Stolen Heart’ wines are complex reds from the Gimblett Gravels district of Hawke’s Bay. My pick of the wines are the Central Otago Pinot Noirs, the ‘China Girl’ from Bendigo and the ‘Signature Selection – Grant Taylor’ bottling from Gibbston Valley. The identities of the winemakers involved is usually kept confidential, except that of Grant Taylor, who had a significant part in the founding of the business. Here, I review a selection of new releases, from the ‘Drowsy Fish’ and ‘The Stolen Heart’ brands, as well as the two 2016 Central Otago Pinot Noirs. www.crownrangecellar.com 

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Crown Range Cellar ‘Drowsy Fish’ Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Crown Range Cellar ‘The Stolen Heart’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2014
  • Crown Range Cellar ‘The Stolen Heart’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
  • Crown Range Cellar ‘China Girl’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Crown Range Cellar ‘Signature Selection – Grant Taylor’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

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