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Wine tour operator, wine writer and lapsed physiotherapist. "Nature abhors a vacuum. I personally hate dusting."


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Kim Crawford 'Rise & Shine Creek' Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007

Phil Parker runs Fine Food & Wine Tours in Auckland.

This wine is one of the Kim Crawford SP (small parcel) range of wines where grapes are sourced from a specific vineyard area. Retailing at about $NZ27.00 this is a very good deal for a top notch Central Otago P Noir.

Deep garnet red and opaque. Rich, ripe and spicy, it has the classic black berry fruit and cherry palate, with soft tannins and savoury roast beef/soy sauce flavours. The flavours linger on the palate and draw you back for ... just ... one ... more... glass.

As I have said before, Crawford himself has no connection with the wines any more. He had an ambassadorial role for the brand after he sold to Vincor, and then less so when Constellation (USA) swallowed Vincor. A falling out with Constellation got him kicked out of the sandpit.

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