Reviews: Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times

Impressive variety of styles among recent sauvignon blancs

By Mark Henderson

Exciting to see the raft of interesting flavours across the wines, with some treading quite different paths.

No risk of Sauvignon Blanc being a one-trick pony here.

Finally, was the excitement at the overall quality across the group.

Sure, some accomplished producers here, but the class of these recent […]

Thursday, July 29, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times

A grape by any other name

By Mark Henderson

In life you might question someone who goes by an alias, but in the world of grape varieties this is all very commonplace.

Pinot Gris is but one example.

Whether labelled as pinot grigio in Italy, grauburgunder and rulander in Germany and Austria (the former generally drier, the latter more often […]

Thursday, July 22, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: 4 Stars, Winestate

Winestate Recent Releases

Loveblock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 – 4 StarsThis graceful, vibrantly fruity and youthful red was mostly estate-grown at Bendigo. Deep ruby, with a fragrant, fresh, slightly spicy bouquet, it is mouthfilling and supple, with strong cherry, plum and spice flavours, a subtle seasoning of oak, lively acidity and gentle tannins. Best drinking […]

Monday, June 28, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: 93 Points, WineFolio

93 Points, WineFolio

Loveblock Pinot Gris 2020

A Marlborough wine, Loveblock – a personal brand, and return, from winemaker Kim Crawford. Palest green-yellow in the glass, with delicious aromas of wild fennel, golden apple, cardamom and pear. Crisply dry, light to medium bodied, with a lively line of acidity. Fresh ginger, lychee, greengage, basil, and rockmelon flavours […]

Monday, May 17, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: Cameron Douglas MS, World of Wine

Cameron Douglas MS Tasting Notes, World of Wine Winter Edition

2020 Loveblock Central Otago Pinot Noir – 95 Points

Vibrant, complex, ripe, varietal and intense pinosity with aromas of crushed black cherry, dried raspberry and plum compote. There’s a core of mineral and toasty leesy complexity. Bright, fresh, precise, fruity and quite delicious on the palate. […]

Wednesday, May 5, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: 91 Points, Tina Gellie, Decanter

25 of the best New Zealand wines for spring

Loveblock, Pinot Gris, Marlborough, New Zealand 2020

Appealing musky pear-drop aromas lead on to a just-dry palate of juicy tinned peaches and pears. The creamy, quite weighty mouthfeel is nicely balanced by flinty mineral acidity, giving a gentle but succulent wine that would be delicious with roast pork. […]

Wednesday, March 17, 2021|Wines|

Features: EOD Drinks With Erica and Kim Crawford, Founder and Winemaker of Lovebloc‪k‬, VinePair

EOD Drinks With Erica and Kim Crawford, Founder and Winemaker of Lovebloc‪k‬

“In this episode of “EOD Drinks,” the VinePair team is joined by Kim Crawford, creator of the eponymous Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, and his wife, Erica Crawford. Hailing from New Zealand, the Kiwi duo is credited by many for popularizing the jubilant and zesty […]

Monday, February 22, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: 94 Points, Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout

94 Points, Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout

2020 Loveblock Marlborough Pinot Gris (Biogro/Organic)

“Plush, fresh, elegant and varietal. A core of fruits showcasing white peach, red and yellow apples, pear and white spice. On the palate – a coarse silk texture precedes flavours of white fleshed orchard fruits, citrus peel and leesy spice layers. Nice acid line […]

Tuesday, February 9, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times

A tasty look at sav blancs

Mid-January. Depending on where you are as you read this, you may be basking in the glow of summer and dreaming of a cool sav blanc, the condensation forming beads as it trickles down the bottle.

Of course, writing this ahead of publication is fraught with the risk that it could […]

Thursday, January 21, 2021|Wines|

Reviews: 91 Points, Rupert Joy, Decanter

91 Points, Rupert Joy, Decanter

Loveblock, Tee Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere Valley, 2019

Refreshing, innovative wine made with green tea powder (hence the name) as an antioxidant in place of SO2. Appealing zesty tangerine and apple compote aromas, with an intense, mouthfilling grapefruit attack on the palate. Organic.

Drinking Window 2021 – 2023

Score: 91 Points

Rupert Joy, Decanter (February 2021)

Monday, January 11, 2021|Wines|

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