2010 CANTERBURY Pinot Noir The Crater Rim
Lea & Sandeman review
Back in stock after a momentary hiatus. From now on the Crater Rim 'Canterbury' Pinot is sourced from basalt soils on the peninsula formed by one side of the 'crater rim' itself of the huge volcano in Waipara. A slightly broader, denser style than the 2009, it is full and long on the finish.
Other reviews and comments
The cheapest of the three Crater Rim Pinot Noirs from different regions of the South Island. Fruity aromas of plum, cherry and apricot with touches of bergamot, fresh herbs, sweet earth and truffle. The palate is soft, supple and polished. A tad oaky perhaps, but good value for Pinot Noir of this quality.
Or, if you're a fan of lighter, fruity reds, try The Crater Rim 2010 Pinot Noir, from the cool-climate Canterbury region of New Zealand, which is as good a pinot noir as I've tasted for the price. It has lovely, pure fruit (I might have mentioned red berries), but isn't excessively jammy. A dead ringer for seared tuna or duck.
Fiona Beckett, The Guardian/www.matchingfoodandwine.com
From grapes grown on Waipara’s volcanic soils, as the name suggests, this is a very decent pinot from a cool part of New Zealand’s South Island. Pure, ripe red berry fruit, good acidity and supple tannins: better than just about any red Burgundy at this price.
Fragrant, supple and pure, with plum and cherry fruit, sweet earth and aromatic herb flavours. The cheapest of The Crater Rim’s three pinot noirs from different regions of the South Island and very good value. 14% abv.
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W. J. Coles Successors Ltd is a family-owned boutique winemaking company situated in the rolling hills of North Canterbury, in the South Island of New Zealand. They grow, make and market limited quantities of terroir-specific wines from around the country, in particular the various sub-regions of the Canterbury province, under the brand name of Crater Rim. Wines are produced from contracted sites carefully selected for their particular mix of varietal, topography, soil and microclimate – creating high quality, site-specific wines of individual character and drinkability. They work closely with each grower to ensure that vines are cropped low and managed sustainably, guaranteeing the best quality fruit possible from each vineyard site.
Theo Coles is the winemaker and viticulturalist for Successors. He has travelled the wine world, working vintages in a number of New World and old world regions – including Marlborough at Wither Hills, Bordeaux at the legendary Chateau Leoville Las-Cases, Victoria at Tahbilk, the Rhone Valley at Chateau de St Cosme and Domaine Francois Villard, Alsace at Maison Kuentz-Bas, and Brunello at Tenute Silvio Nardi. Since the 2002 vintage he worked as winemaker at Daniel Schuster Wine, and he is also the Central Otago winemaker for High Plains Wine. Theo’s philosophy in the winery, is based on creating wines of character and quality through a policy of watchful, non-interventionist winemaking. He uses a combination of new and traditional techniques and technology to allow the fruit to become wine. Theo focuses on allowing the vineyard character to shine through to produce complete, balanced and unique wines – this is reflected in Successors’ aim to produce a range of vineyard designated wines.
Crater Rim have had to overcome the twin disasters of a devastating fire in November 2009 and then the Christchurch earthquake a little over a year later. But they have emerged stronger and fitter and the wines continue to please and refresh.