South Island Pinot Noir


Kim Crawford

Kim Crawford Wines was established in late 1996, when Kim launched a range...

made from fruit grown in the South Island. Kim sold the company to Constellation in 2005 and has since handed the winemaking reins over to the Constellation winemaking team. Despite Kim no longer being involved with these wines, the current winemakers continue the classic Kim Crawford philosophy and style. Control over grape supply has always been essential for Kim Crawford Wines and they now have the largest vineyard resource in Marlborough of any wine company, across the greatest breadth of sub-regions, ensuring consistent quality and style. For that consistency, and success over the past 20 years, Wine Enthusiast magazine USA recognised Kim Crawford as their “New World Winery of the Year 2016”.

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The grapes for this wine are sourced from some excellent cool climate vineyards in the Marlborough (70%) and Central Otago (30%) regions of New Zealand's South Island. A wide variety of clones and rootstock were used, along with a mixture of soils and microclimates to ensure a balance of flavour profiles and exceptional quality. The grapes were all harvested in the cool of night or early morning and promptly delivered to the winery to optimise fruit quality.

Vintage Information

The 2012 New Zealand vintage produced lower-than-average yields across varietals with Pinot Noir down 40% on the previous year.


The grapes were crushed then cold soaked on the skins for five days. The wine was then inoculated with a mixture of pure and wild yeast strains to gain maximum flavour and complexity. Once fermented dry, the wine was pressed off the skins into tank and 60% of the blend went into French oak barrels (10% new oak) for five months. All of the wine went through malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

Medium red colour. Bright fruit aromas of fresh crushed berries, hints of spicy oak, and some forest floor notes. The palate is rich, with red berry flavours providing some nice fruit sweetness. Soft tannins ensure that the wine is approachable in its youth, however, it does have structure to enable the wine to develop over the years.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Marlborough
Winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.2g/l
Residual Sugar 2.5g/l
Wine pH 3.59