The Crater Rim had some issues in the near past due to a winery fire disrupting operations, but they are now back in top form producing a really distinctive set of wines. Their slightly unusual Sauvignon Blanc is melony and fruit-driven, with less overt green character than one might expect from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The Pinot Gris takes things even further in the richness department. Decidedly Alsatian in character, it is rich and spicy with plenty of orange and bees wax tones.
While this Pinot Gris is really top notch, the standouts here were the red wines. A classic peppercorn- and game-filled Syrah was attractive, but the Pinot Noirs, bright and fresh with a fine balance of fruit, soil and herb, really rang my bell.
The Crater Rim
P.O. Box 39077
Phone 64 27 442 2027