Kingfisher Bay 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris
Marlborough Valley Wines produces a number of labels for varied channels of distribution. The Kingfisher Bay brand is a popular one on-line at www.blackmarket.co.nz The wines are made by Alana McGettigan, one of the winemakers at the highly regarded Kiwi-Oeno consultancy operation. Kingfisher Bay is sited in the Port Underwood area of the Marlborough Sounds. Here, I review the new 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.
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Kingfisher Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 25-Oct-2013Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on rim. This has a fresh, softly voluminous bouquet of ripe passionfruit aromas with a harmonious lift, revealing deep, concentrated pungency in the glass. Dry to taste, the palate is crisp, taut and lean with passionfruit and chalky mineral flavours following a dry-textured, grainy, phenolic line. Crisp, racy and elevated acidity underlines the fruit, enhancing the fruit intensity, carrying the flavours to a long, passionfruity and herbal finish. Fully aromatic, this is a tight and crisp, pasionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with a dry, textural mouthfeel. Serve with seafood, creamy sauce poultry and pasta dishes over the next 18 months to 2 years. Fruit from different sub-regions, including Rapaura, the Lower Wairau and the Brancott Valley, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.15% alc. and 3.3 g/L RS. 16.5/20 Oct 2013 RRP $18.50
Kingfisher Bay Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013Pinot Gris from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 25-Oct-2013Fruit from the Wairau and Awatere Valleys, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 3.6 g/L RS. A small portion was fermented in seasoned oak, undergoing MLF. Bright, even, pale straw-yellow colour with lemon hues. The nose is fresh and steely, with penetrating aromas of white stonefruits and exotic florals, along with a suggestion of spices and honeysuckle. Dry to taste, this is light-bodied and modest in fruit flavour and depth. Clean nutty and floral notes follow a positive and vinous palate line with a little phenolic graininess, and the mouthfeel is zesty and fresh from background acidity. The wine finishes clean and dry. This is a light, crisp and gently mouthwatering dry Pinot Gris. Serve as an aperitif over the next 2 years. 16.0/20 Oct 2013 RRP $18.95