Kingfisher Bay Marlborough
The Kingfisher Bay label is one of the Mt Olympus brands that is made by Alana McGettigan, one of the talented winemakers at Kiwi-Oeno, the highly respected Marlborough winemaking and wine consultancy operation. The wines are sold on-line, primarily through www.blackmarket.co.nz and have proven popular, this being an indication of their general consumer appeal and value. Kingfisher Bay is a bay in the Port Underwood area of the Marlborough Sounds.
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Kingfisher Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Bubbles 2011Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 17-May-2012Bright, pale straw-green colour, pale on edge, with a fine bead that soon dissipates. This has a softly full nose of uncomplicated gooseberry fruit with some passionfruit aromas. Off-dry and light-bodied, this is soft and gentle with restrained gooseberry, lime and apple confectionary flavours. Good effervescence lifts the fruit aromatic characters and provides a soft, attractively frothy and lively mouthfeel, the acidity adding to the freshness on the palate. The wine finishes with upfront gooseberry and tropical fruit notes. This is a light, gently refreshing and fruited sparkling Sauvignon Blanc to serve as an aperitif and with antipasto, salads and vegetables over the next 18 months to 2 years. A carbonated wine. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 6.6 g/L rs. 16.0+/20 May 2012 RRP $18.50
Kingfisher Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010Pinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 17-May-2012Light purple-hued crimson-red colour, lighter on edge, very youthful. This has a fresh and intense nose of bright raspberry and cherry aromas with underlying notes of herbs and minerals. Attractive lifted and confectionary aromatics show whole berry characters. Medium-bodied, refreshingly bright and juicy flavours of raspberry confectionary are up-front and enlivened by brisk acidity. The tannin extraction is modest, allowing the fruit to feature. Some alcohol drive carries the fruit flavours to a moderately sustained finish. Drink this bright, juicy, uncomplicated Pinot Noir with antipasto, tapas and pizza over the next 2-3 years. Marlborough fruit fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged in stainless-steel and French oak barrels. 16.5-/20 May 2012 RRP $18.95