The Crater Rim

+64 3 3145990 1226 Omihi Road
Omihi , RD 3
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This family-owned boutique winemaking company is 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 Canterbury and Central Otago, with a particular focus on the various sub-regions of the Canterbury province. Our wines are produced from contracted and company owned sites carefully selected for their particular mix of varietal, topography, soil and microclimate – creating high quality, site-specific wines of individual character and drinkability.

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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  • The Crater Rim Lot 7 Waipara 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Pomegranate, mint, nutty oak, extracty, slightly medicinal, briar, quinine. Very round, deep, a little detail-less, rich, black cherry, cola, short, super ripe tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The Crater Rim Banks Peninsula Pinot Noir Waipara 2010

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    Green, mineral, acorn, beans, stemmy, red currant. Lovely feel, seamless, nice richness, this is lean and a bit light, but shows fine ripeness of texture, lacks some depth of flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The Crater Rim From the Ashes Pinot Noir Waipara 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Very pretty, spice, lightly stemmy nose, earthy, forest floor Burgundian. Red fruit, cranberry, hints of beef, white mushroom and herbs, green peppercorn, very well balanced, pure and transparent with a lovely sweetness of ripeness. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The Crater Rim Canterbury Waipara 2010

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    Quinine, stems, capers. Round, lush, rather exuberant texture if restrained flavors with black raspberry, black cherry pit, and a touch of burnt brownie, a sweet spice on the long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The Crater Rim Pinot Noir Waipara 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Nice, musky, low, some nutty oak, little stemmy herbs. Nice brightness, astringent tannins, round, kind of opulent but structured with a nice mineral tone on the back, then a touch of grapefruit oil in the red fruit, spicy, lightly minty finish, peppery. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The Crater Rim Pinot Noir Waipara 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Very pretty, cola, black cherry, herb, spice, floral. Bright, super fine in the mouth, detailed fruit, black berry, herb, lovely nuanced oak and soil tones, this is a winner, lovely spicy fini, succulent tannins on finish. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The Crater Rim Pinot Noir Waipara Omihi Rise 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Nice, musky, low, some nutty oak, little stemmy herbs. Nice brightness, astringent tannins, round, kind of opulent but structured with a nice mineral tone on the back, then a touch of grapefruit oil in the red fruit, spicy, lightly minty finish, peppery. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The Crater Rim Pinot Noir Waipara 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Very pretty, cola, black cherry, herb, spice, floral. Bright, super fine in the mouth, detailed fruit, black berry, herb, lovely nuanced oak and soil tones, this is a winner, lovely spicy fini, succulent tannins on finish. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The Crater Rim Pinot Noir Waipara Omihi Rise 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Nice, musky, low, some nutty oak, little stemmy herbs, Nice brightness, astringent tannins, round, kind of opulent but structured with a nice mineral tone on the back, then a touch of grapefruit oil in the red fruit, spicy, lightly minty finish, peppery Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The Crater Rim Pinot Noir Canterbury 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Guenther5


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