2011 Loveblock Pinot Gris

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Wine of the Week: 2011 Loveblock Pinot Gris
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Price: $22

I am 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.

Youthful 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 of sweetness. 

At the Table

This 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  

Loveblock 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.

At Loveblock Erica and Kim go by their first names to avoid confusion with the eponymous wine brand that Kim originally created.

The 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)

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Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. In 2012 she was honored as a Dame Chevalier de L'Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

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