"Kim Crawford Wine Limited" was the first of New Zealand’s "virtual wineries" i.e. sourcing grapes in from various wine regions and made at other wineries. Founded by Kim and his wife Erica who ran the business from their Auckland home in 1996, their wines were an immediate success and they opened their own winery in Marlborough in 2000 so that they no longer relied upon contract facilities. In addition they secured their first vineyard to meet demand. The tenets are to give consumers reliable, top-quality New Zealand wines and to explore more esoteric grape varieties and vinification techniques."
Kim Crawford Rise-and-Shine Creek Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
Intense ruby red in color. Dark fruits are accented with touches of spice and toasty oak on the nose. Rich, full palate expressed by dark fruits and smokey oak. The silky tannins lead to a soft and persistent finish.
Rise-and-Shine Creek is the home of gold mining in Bendigo, Central Otago. These grapes are from the Clearvue Vineyard on the northern end of the Bendigo Loop road in the cool climate region of the acclaimed Central Otago. The vines were intensely managed to achieve beautiful balance for this vineyards first cropping season. A very early harvest period allowed individual clones to be picked for optimum flavor and maturity over a three week window.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Central Otago "Rise-and-Shine" Creek Pinot Noir was sourced from the Clearvue vineyard in Bendigo. A divine expression of Pinot Noir, it has a lovely nose with a sense of controlled opulence: red cherry fruit, Doris plum and blueberry. The palate is full-bodied with good fruit concentration, very pure with fine tannin structure, and a mixture of both red and black cherries on the mineral-rich finish.
Kim Crawford Winery
Kim Crawford Wines started out in a small Auckland cottage in New Zealand. Since its launch in 1996, the label has gained critical acclaim around the globe. Kim Crawford wines capture the true aromas and flavors of New Zealand in each bottle. The established leader of luxury-priced Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Kim Crawford combines a passion for excellence in winemaking with a vision of exploring new boundaries. View all Kim Crawford Wines
About Central OtagoView a map of Central Otago wineries (oh-TAH-go)
The southernmost vineyards of the world lie here in Central Otago. Unlike most other New Zealand appellations, Central Otago is inland - nestled right in the middle of the southern island. Its lack of proximity to water creates weather more continental than maritime, leading to big temperature shifts – hot during the day, significantly cooler at night.
Notable FactsThe region's continental climate, paired with the variety of soils found in the area, make Central Otago perfect for growing the finicky Pinot Noir grape. Covering almost 80% of the area planted with vines, Pinot Noir is the dominant grape variety, and the wine it creates from the region is receiving rave reviews for its balanced purity and intensity. Some Chardonnay is grown here, but Pinot is king.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.