Wine of the Week: 2011 Loveblock Pinot Gris
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
sure most readers are familiar with the name and wine Kim Crawford. Well this
week’s wine, the 2011 Loveblock Pinot Gris, from Marlborough, New
Zealand, is from Kim and Erica’s new venture, since they sold the Kim
Crawford wine brand to Constellation Brands.
pale gold in color, the aromas are enticing showing a medley of vibrant exotic
stone fruit, with hints of citrus, wild flowers and a delicate spicy note. On
the palate the same family of bright lively flavors fill the mouth. Very
refreshing, the flavors anchored and nicely defined by a crisp spine of
acidity. There is also a delicious creaminess mid-palate, which adds depth
and a sense of complexity to the wine. Long finish with just a nuance
At the Table
2011 Loveblock Pinot Gris is a perfect summer wine. It is fruity enough to
enjoy on its own with a few salty nibbles. But it also has enough structure and
depth to hold its own at the table. Pair with summer salads salads, fish and
white meat. We enjoyed it with a chargrilled asparagus, and burrata served with
a lime and olive oil dressing and tossed with shredded sorrel. This is a
wonderful combination. Truly!
About Loveblock, Kim and Erica Crawford and the
2011 Pinot Gris
Wine is the brainchild of husband and wife team Erica and Kim Crawford. The
Loveblock vineyard is located 900 feet up, on the hills overlooking
Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. Erica and Kim named the vineyard Loveblock,
because when they found it, they felt it would be their heart and soul – their
very own ‘loveblock’ from which to make their special wines.
Loveblock Erica and Kim go by their first names to avoid confusion with the
eponymous wine brand that Kim originally created.
2011 Pinot Gris is a blend of hillside and valley floor fruit. It was fermented
and aged for a short while in stainless steel before bottling and release.
(Image: Mary Gorman-McAdams)