Loveblock Vineyards’ Erica Crawford is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, but made New Zealand her home after marrying veteran winemaker Kim - of Kim Crawford wine fame. They sold the KC brand many years ago then established the Loveblock farm in Awatere Valley. The home vineyards are certified organic, while their Central Otago property - the source of this 2017 Pinot Noir and purchased in 2008 - is Sustainable Winegrowing NZ accredited. Pinot Noir is now the second-most planted grape in New Zealand, and Central Otago, the southernmost wine growing region in the world, has become synonymous with the variety and high quality. A classic, it is ripe and appetite inducing.