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The Crater Rim 2015 Pinot Noir

Aromas of Violets, sweet herbs and berry fruits in the black raspberry / red cherry end of the spectrum are immediately apparent. On the palate, fresh berries and subtle earthy characters are tempered by fine ripe tannins to give a powerful, lingering finish. The Canterbury 2012 vintage had a cold Spring. This resulted in an uneven, even fruit set so yields were down. Summer was cool but largely settled. Autumn days brought fine weather mixed with intermittent showers which resulted in a clean, healthy crop. It was a smaller than expected vintage which resulted in great flavour concentration. On the whole, 2012 was a small quantity, elegant vintage. The fruit harvested was ripe with pure red fruit flavours. The grapes had good levels of natural acidity with ripe skin and seed tannin. The fruit for this wine was sourced from a selection of low cropping vineyards across the Canterbury region. We aim to produce a slowly evolving wine with layers of floral, fruit and savoury characters. In the winery the fruit was immediately de-stemmed. The wine was naturally fermented by wild yeast in small, open-top fermenters. After fermentation the wine is macerated on skins until we thought the balance between tannin and flavours was perfect. After pressing, the wine was transferred into a mix of seasoned and 3 year old French oak barrels where it matured on fermentation lees for 10 months. The wine underwent natural spontaneous malo-lactic fermentation the following spring before being racked into tank for blending and equalizing before being bottled unfined and unfiltered on 28th March 2013.

 Producer The Crater Rim
 Region Canterbury / Waipara Valley
 Country New Zealand
 Varietals Pinot Noir
 Alcohol 13.5% alc/vol
 Vintage 2015

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About the Producer

The Crater Rim

The Crater Rim

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

The Crater Rim Ltd is a family-owned boutique winemaking company situated in the rolling hills of North Canterbury, in the South Island of New Zealand. We grow, make and market limited quantities of terroir-specific wines from around the South Island, in particular the various sub-regions of the Canterbury...

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