We have arrived at The Crossings in 2002 after a seven year development journey. This began in 1995 when an exceptional site in the upper reaches of the Awatere Valley was identified. The site, with its massive clay cliffs acting to trap heat, its low frost incidence and the devigorating outwash gravel soils, was just perfect to produce classic Awatere wines of outstanding quality.
The first vineyard development was made possible by the investment from a group of New Zealanders each sharing an interest in wine and the desire to invest in this unique opportunity. Interest was sufficient to allow for the development of a further two Awatere vineyards to compliment the initial vineyard in terms of terroir and flavour coming from the grapes grown on each site. By 2000 there were over 400 enthusiastic investors taking a keen interest in the vineyards and wine making developments, each calling The Crossings "our wine".
From the beginning The Crossings had outstanding land, great vineyards, tremendous support and a dedicated team to bring together the crucial ingredients to produce wines of stand-out quality. The first wines made in 2001 show the character of the vineyards and The Crossings philosophy of wine and viticulture. See what we mean; open a bottle and quietly explore corners of this magnificent valley in your own time.
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The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc opens with Shimmers with an attractive yet subtle green and gold hue in the glass. On the nose, the wine shows lifted notes of gooseberry and passion fruit, underpinned with citrus notes. The palate is full with pure fruit flavors, yet balanced with a persistent, crisp... more
The Crossings Pinot Noir presents lifted aromas of black plums and violets. Ripe berry fruit flavours combine with savoury notes on the palate in an unmistakably New Zealand wine that is both elegant and approachable.
Pesto crumbed lamb racks, cooked whole on the barbecue, served with roasted... more
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The palate has soft gooseberry notes against a wonderfully vibrant
intensity leading into a ripe and nicely textured mid-palate. Lime
zest flavours spring from the mouth-watering acidity and signature
minerality of the palate and very persistent finish. more
This Awatere Valley Pinot Noir has lifted aromas of black plums and
violets. Ripe berry fruit flavors combine with savory notes on the palate to produce an elegant, yet approachable wine. more
The 2011 The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc shimmers with an attractive, yet subtle green and gold hue. Grapefruit with cut grass, dried herb and stoneflint compliment passionfruit and pungent citrusy aromas. Soft gooseberry notes against a wonderfully vibrant intensity leads onto a ripe and nicely... more
Deep red with a fine yet striking ruby hue. The bouquet gives notes of baked cherry against soft spice, raspberry and a very gentle fungal note. On the palate, this vintage is captivating with a full, balanced, seamless mid-palate and sustained finish. more
Vivid color with an eyecatchingly subtle green hue. A bouquet of dried cut grass with herb and stoneflint compliment passionfruit and pungent citrusy aromas. The palate opens with a wonderfully vibrant freshness, developing floral and peachy aromas. Ripe zesty citrus flavours build through the... more
Resplendent ruby red hue through to the core of the wine. Finely poised aromas of red cherry, spice, raspberry and gentle smokiness. Vibrantly intense with a full rich and silky mid-palate.
Very persistent finish.
Food Pairing: South Island lamb shoulder, with beetroot chutney and new... more
The color is vibrant with a crisp and subtle green hue. The bouquet is of dried herb and gunflint compliment gooseberry, passionfruit and
pungent grassy aromas.
On the palate there is flaovro of lime zest and white floral notes are framed by a structured yet
supple mid palate. Mouth-watering... more
Color: Soft pale yellow with attractive green hints.
Bouquet: White peach and citrus against a background of subtle minerals.
Palate: Delicious with crisp, juicy acidity. A cool-climate Chardonnay infused with the fine Awatere Valley signature flinty notes. more
The color is bright with a fresh softly green hue.
The bouquet has subtle yet exotic notes of white peach and pink grapefruit, that complement gooseberry and passionfruit aromas.
On the palate is lifted stone fruit and citrus is framed by a finely textured palate and
zesty acidity with a classic... more
Color: Bright pale yellow.
Bouquet: Lifted aromas of white peaches fused with citrus notes.
Palate: Elegant and mouth-watering, this wine showcases cool-climate Chardonnay highlighted by white peach notes and infused with a fine minerality of stone and flint; signature of the Awatere... more