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 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 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."
The Wine Advocate