Canterbury

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Canterbury
Latitude
Altitude
25 - 100 m
Growing Season Rainfall
280 mm
Mean January Temperature
16.4 C
Harvest
Mid-April to Early June
Wineries
10
Website
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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2012 The Crater Rim Canterbury Pinot Noir

2012 The Crater Rim Canterbury Pinot Noir

From the region of ancient lava flows comes this fleshy, medium-bodied pinot noir that has a cheeky 5% of whole-bunch pinot gris in the mix for added perfume. Aromas of red berries and plums rise from the glass to greet the nose, along with hints ...

Cracka rating70
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
2014 Paddy Borthwick Sauvignon Blanc

2014 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 whole tropical island holiday in a glass. There are plenty of passionfruit, gooseberry and citrus smell...

Cracka rating80
Region: Canterbury