Canterbury, New Zealand Wine Region

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Canterbury, New Zealand
Latitude 43° / 50'S
Altitude 25 - 100 m
Growing Season Rainfall 280 mm
Mean January Temperature 16.4 C
Harvest Mid-April to Early June
Wineries 37
Website www.canterburywine.co.nz

About Canterbury, New Zealand

Located in the South Island, Canterbury is probably best known for its rugby roots rather than it vinous ones, but since the mid-1990s, the wines have grown in popularity almost as fast as the plantings in the region. Canterbury has a muddled vit...

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Located in the South Island, Canterbury is probably best known for its rugby roots rather than it vinous ones, but since the mid-1990s, the wines have grown in popularity almost as fast as the plantings in the region.

Canterbury has a muddled viticultural history with many failed attempts since 1840 to establish vineyards. Another more successful attempt was made in the 1970s, with Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir proving particularly suitable.

Incorporating the sub-regions of Waipara, Burnham and Banks Peninsula, the Canterbury climate is super-cool. It is cooler than the Champagne region in France and has one of the latest harvest dates in New Zealand. It is susceptible to spring frosts; therefore early ripening varietals are best suited to the region. On the other hand, it means the grapes enjoys long ripening periods through the dry autumns that help to concentrate fruit flavours, and keep acids balanced. This is particularly true of the stand out sub-region, Waipara.

The soil profiles vary throughout the region. The more southern areas have alluvial silt loams over gravelly sub-soils, whilst regions like Waipara, are rich in limestone and chalk loams. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the most notable varietals from the region, but lovely Riesling and Pinot gris are also produced. Style wise, the Chardonnays are rich and textured whilst the Pinot Noirs are complex with red berry, earth and slight stems influence.

Vintage Ratings

2001
10
OUTSTANDING
9
EXCELLENT
2002
8
GREAT
9
EXCELLENT
2003
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
2004
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
2005
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
2006
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
2007
9
EXCELLENT
9
EXCELLENT
2008
7
VERY GOOD
7
VERY GOOD
2009
9
EXCELLENT
9
EXCELLENT
2010
8
GREAT
9
EXCELLENT
2011
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
2012
N/A
No Data
N/A
No Data
2013
N/A
No Data
N/A
No Data
2014
N/A
No Data
N/A
No Data

Wine Vintage

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2010 The Crater Rim Canterbury Riesling

An approachable wine with complex citrus, roses and apple characters. Aromas of braeburn apples, citrus and spice with a hint of rose water are im...

Winery: The Crater Rim | Region: Canterbury
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2013 Paddy Borthwick Sauvignon Blanc

What is a New Zealand wine producer without a sav blanc, not a New Zealander we say! Luckily Paddy Borthwick has produced one, and it is like a who...

Winery: Paddy Borthwick | Region: Canterbury| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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2011 The Crater Rim Canterbury Pinot Noir

Aromas of Violets, sweet herbs and berry fruits in the raspberry / red cherry end of the spectrum are immediately apparent. On the palate, fresh be...

Winery: The Crater Rim | Region: Canterbury
RRP: $28.50 | OUR PRICE : $22.50
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2010 Mt Beautiful Riesling

North Canterbury is oh-so-hot-right-now, it's wines continuing on an upward trajectory of quality. This beautiful Riesling is a perfect example of ...

Winery: Mt Beautiful | Region: Canterbury| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $26.00 | OUR PRICE : $19.99
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2009 The Crater Rim Lot 7 Waipara Pinot Noir

We’d love to fill a crater with this delicious Pinot from Canterbury, NZ as it’s full of character and innate drinkability. The Crater Rim is actua...

Winery: The Crater Rim | Region: Canterbury| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
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