Kim Crawford became involved in wine and wine making quite by chance.
It was 1983 and he was completing a BSc in microbiology and botany at Massey University. Post-graduate work was scarce. One of his lecturers suggested having a look at an industry that was very much in its infancy in New Zealand.
"It was a revolutionary time for New Zealand winemaking. New varieties â€“ Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay â€“ were being planted and the potential was there to be able to drink something other than sherry," recalls Kim.
"I liked the promise of the future and decided to complete a postgraduate diploma in winemaking at Roseworthy College in South Australia."
This was followed by work experience with Australian, Californian and South African wine producers. Kim returned to New Zealand in 1988. He worked at Aucklandâ€™s Coopers Creek winery until 1998. Two yearsâ€™ earlier he had set up his own label.
He explains the decision to form his own label: "To me, every wine maker should have his own label and this was a means whereby I had control over my destiny."
The Kim Crawford Wines label grew out of a meeting with David Gleave MW, a United Kingdom wine distributor. He told Kim that he wanted New Zealand wines in his firmâ€™s portfolio and he ordered 2000 cases each of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Unoaked Marlborough Chardonnay.
Says Kim: "Unfortunately, David left Enotria after taking only half of the wine. I then approached Auckland-based distributor Glengarryâ€™s to sell the other half. They said they would and that is how Kim Crawford Wines began. My wife, Erica, and I started work in the spare room of the house we were living in at the time, which was in central Auckland.
"In those days we were purely a virtual concern, that is, we did not operate from a vineyard or a winery. However, we had had good working relationships with contract grape growers and so utilised spare tanks based in other wineries for the production of Kim Crawford Wines."
The Kim Crawford Wines operation has now progressed to owning its own vineyards and a winery, all of which are based in Marlborough, one of New Zealandâ€™s premier wine producing regions. It has also expanded into tasting room and cellar door facilities at the Te Awanga Vineyard in Hawkeâ€™s Bay.
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Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2015
Color: Pale gold.
Aroma: A delightfully aromatic nose of pear backed up with quince jelly and floral notes.
Palate: Fresh, crisp pears on the palate with a generous mouthfeel. Elegant and supple, a wine that delivers lingering flavours of warm, spicy fruit and a bright, clean finish.
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Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2015
Colour: Medium depth with a bright ruby red colour.
Aroma: Bright fruit aromas of fresh crushed berries, hints of spicy oak, and some forest floor notes.
Palate: The palate is rich, with red berry flavours providing some nice fruit sweetness. Soft tannins ensure that the wine is approachable in its ... more
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Color: Light straw with yellow and green hues.
Aroma: Citrus and tropical fruits backed by characteristic herbaceous notes for which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is renowned.
Palate: An exuberant wine brimming with juicy acidity and fruit sweetness, providing a balanced flavor profile. The finish is fresh, zesty, and lingering.
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Kim Crawford Small Parcels Wild Grace Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013
Aroma: This compelling wine offers bright citrus, apple, pear and stone fruit plus captivating minerality and baking spices from the oak. Wild yeast fermentation and 10 months lees aging results in an enormously complex wine with a rich, creamy body. The finish is incredibly long and delicious. Different than most ... more
Kim Crawford SP Favorite Homestead Pinot Gris 2013
Colour: Light pale straw.
Aroma: Labeled as Pinot Gris, as it's more akin to a richer Alsatian style, this superb wine combines ripe pear and tropical fruit character, along with enticing floral, bright citrus notes and mouthwatering acidity. Six months aging in large Acacia wood barrels adds a beautiful, silky ... more
Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay 2015
Colour: Pale straw.
Aroma: Ripe tropical fruits-pineapple and ripe melon-with hints of butterscotch.
Palate: An approachable and full-bodied Chardonnay that shows great length and persistence. Ripe stonefruit, butterscotch, and citrus characters show through well, in a style uncluttered by oak. more
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