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      25 - 100 m
      Growing Season Rainfall
      280 mm
      Mean January Temperature
      16.4 C
      Mid-April to Early June
      Cracka Rating 0

      About Canterbury

      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.

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      2014 The Crater Rim Canterbury Pinot Noir

      2014 The Crater Rim Canterbury Pinot Noir

      This is the 'entry level' wine for Crater Rim, but is so good that it could be many winery's 'flagship'. Crafted from fruit grown in the magical rolling hills of North Canterbury on NZ's South Island, this is excellent Pinot from a name on the ris...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Canterbury
      2010 The Crater Rim Canterbury Riesling

      2010 The Crater Rim Canterbury Riesling

      Named Crater Rim after the ancient volcanic eruptions that have left lava flow tentacles on the landscape, this is an off-dry style of rizza that would be great with chicken burritos. Lemons, red apples and ginger spice decorate the nose, and jump...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Canterbury