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Terrace Edge - Wine2Trade Portfolio

01 October,2010
 
Terrace Edge is a boutique vineyard and olive grove situated on the south bank of the Waipara river, North Canterbury. Bruce and Jill Chapman purchased the property, part of an established sheep farm, in 1999 and developed it, planting 12 hectares of vines and 2000 olive trees. After supplying contract fruit, he first vintage of Terrace Edge wines was 2005.
 
The varietals planted are Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Syrah. In 2013 Albarino and St Laurent were added. Viticulture is managed by son Peter. The wines were initially made by Belinda Gould of the Muddy Water winery. Dom Maxwell became the winemaker from 2011 vintage following the sale of Muddy Water to Greystone.  The wines are now made by Gavin Tait at the Muddy Water facility. 

Terrace Edge is committed to the ‘Greening Waipara' project which aims to increase biological diversity. Terrace Edged gained BioGro organic certification in March 2014.  www.terraceedge.co.nz
 
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FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Terrace Edge Waipara Valley ‘Classic’ Riesling 2013

Riesling from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18.5-/20
Bright straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and concentrated with rich and ripe aromas of limes and honeysuckle interwoven with complex layers of minerals and subtle toasty elements. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is soft and rounded with a densely packed core of ripe lime and citrus fruit, along with honeysuckle and savoury honey, and waves of minerals and nuances of toast. This has weight and presence, the palate near unctuous in texture, and with the acidity smoothly integrated. The wine flows seamlessly to a soft, rounded, lingering finish with honied elements. This is a smooth and near unctuous off-dry Riesling with lime, savoury honey, mineral and toasty detail. Match ith Middle Eastern and Asian fare over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, WBP and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 12.5 g/L RS, TA 8.93 g/L and pH 3.29. 18.5-/20 Mar 2016 RRP $23.95

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Terrace Edge ‘Liquid Geography’ Waipara Valley Riesling 2016

Riesling from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

19+/20
Bright, light straw colour with slight green hues, very pale on edge. The nose is very fresh and finely proportioned with elegantly intense aromas of beautifully refined lime and lemonade fruit along with subtle notes of honeysuckle, white and yellow florals, nuances of herbs and minerals and suggestions of sherbet and minerals. This has great precision and poise. Medium in sweetness and light-medium bodied, bright and intense flavours of lime fruit intermingling with white and yellow stonefruits, along with honeysuckle, musk and minerals form an intense core. The mouthfeel balances richness and a subtle unctuousness wine a very fine phenolic flow and delicate, lacy acidity. The acidity lends poise, tension and precision, and the flavours carry to an elegantly concentrated and sustained finish of lime, honey, florals and minerals, This is a beautifully precise medium-sweet Riesling with rich flavours of lime, homey, florals and musk, along with fine structure and precise acidity. Serve as an aperitif with spicy Asian food and light fruit desserts over the next 5+ years. Late-picked Riesling fruit with 5% botrytis fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 34 g/L RS. Certified BioGro organic. 19.0+/20 Dec 2016 RRP $21.95

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Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2015

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

19-/20
Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is full and solidly packed with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits entwined with tropical fruits, exotic yellow florals, honeysuckle and layers of harmoniously melded nutty and flinty complexities. The aromatics are harmoniously presented with plenty of presence. Medium is sweetness and full-bodied, the palate features a well-concentrated and deep core of ripe yellow stonefruits melded with honey, tropical fruits along with subtle layers of flinty lees complexities and nuts. The fruit is still youthfully restrained, but unfolds nuances of florals and musk. Soft acidity enhances the creamy, near unctuous mouthfeel, and the wine exudes a degree of lusciousness and opulence. The wine flows positively to a soft-textured, rich, lingering finish of stonefruits honey and flint. This is a fulsome, rich and plush, medium Pinot Gris with opulent stonefruit and honied flavours and subtle flinty complexities. Match with Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Terrace Edge’ vineyard, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented, 60% in seasoned French oak to 14.3% alc. and 15.5 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage. 19.0-/20 Feb 2016 RRP $27.00

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Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

19/20
Full, light golden-yellow colour with slight green hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is full, soft and densely packed unfolding layers of opulently ripe yellow stonefruits and tropical fruit aromas entwined with yellow florals, honey, and nuances of nuts and minerals. Medium-dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and weighty with plenty of mouthfeel and presence, showing soft and densely concentrated flavours of ripe yellow stonefruits, tropical fruits, honey, with notes of florals, musk, nuts and minerals. The palate has suggestions of unctuousness and has some underlying alcohol drive, and the wine flows along a fine phenolic line with integrated acidity. The wine carries to a strong, rounded, but concentrated finish of stonefruits, honey and musk. This is a rich, densely packed, opulent medium-dry Pinot Gris with power and weight, and flavours of ripe stonefruits, tropical fruits, honey and florals. Match with mildly spicy Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, 60% fermented in season oak and 40% tank-fermented to 13.5% alc. and 14 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage. 19.0/20 Dec 2016 RRP $27.00

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Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Albarino 2016

Other White from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18-/20
Bright, light golden-hued straw colour, lighter edged. This has a moderately full and gently concentrated nose of ripe citrus fruit and tropical fruits, yellow stonefruits, pineapple and subtle nutty suggestions. The aromatics build in depth and open in volume with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate features a softly concentrated and deep core of rich, ripe citrus and tropical fruits with pineapple and exotic florals, and nutty notes. This has weight and presence, the wine following a fine phenolic, textural line, and the palate enlivened by lacy, crisp acidity. This has energy with some underlying power carrying the wine to a long, concentrated finish with some grip and exotic floral and fruit lift. This is a rich and exotic citrus and tropical fruit flavoured dry Albarino with palate presence, light grip and crisp acidity. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3-4 years. First crop fruit from vines planted in 2013, hand-picked and given 3 hours skin contact and fully indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned oak to 13.5% alc. and 3.5 g/L RS, TA 9.27 and pH 3.09, the wine undergoing batonnage. 75 cases made. 18.0-/20 Sep 2016 RRP $24.00

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Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Rosé 2016

Rose from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17.5/20
Bright, light salmon-pink colour with some depth, paler on the rim. The nose is fresh with delicate and soft aromas of strawberries along with cranberries, pomegranate and watermelon, unveiling mouthwatering herb and mineral nuances. Dry to taste, the palate possesses a soft core of sweet and luscious strawberry and cranberry flavours along with red floral elements. The fruit sweetness is balanced by light, drying phenolic textures and refreshingly brisk acidity. The structure carries the wine to a thirst-quenching finish with fine grip and floral nuances. This is a gently rich, strawberry and cranberry fruited dry rosé with crisp, thirst-quenching, fine textures and grip. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. A co-fermentation of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Syrah, the Syrah foot-stomped for greater extraction, and all of the fruit given two hours skin contact and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 14.0% alc. and 4.5 g/L RS. Certified BioGro organic. 17.5/20 Sep 2016 RRP $24.00

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Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18.5/20

Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby red with lighter purple edge. This has a beautifully fragrant nose with bright, primary fruit aromas of dark red cherries and berryfruits, lifted with red florals, a touch of herbs and whole berry pastille nuances all finely integrated and harmoniously presented. Medium-bodied and elegant in proportion, this is a fine of perfume and finesse, showing vibrant, aromatically lifted red cherry and berry fruit flavours forming a refined, tight core. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained, flowery tannins providing a supple, sinewy line. Fresh, lacy background acidity adds vitality and a little raciness to the bright, near succulent fruit. The vibrancy of the palate is carried to a very long, lingering finish with floral and spice elements. This is a very elegant and refined Pinot Noir with fragrance, freshness and finesse. Serve with poultry, pork and Asian cuisine over the next 5-6 years. Abel, 777, 667, 115 and clone 5 fruit from vines planted in 2002, hand-picked and fully destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 20-28 days on skins and aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Oct 2013 RRP $30.95

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Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17.5/20
Moderately dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegant in proportion with aromas of dark red berry and black cherry fruit entwined with subtle herbal and peppery notes and nutty, seasoned oak nuances. The aromatics build to form a firm core. Medium-full bodied, bright and upfront, juicy fruit flavours of dark red berry and cherry fruit are enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. The mouthfeel has good vigour with fine, grainy tannin extraction and structure underlining the fruit. The wine has plenty of energy and drive, carrying the flavours of red fruits, herbs and savoury, nutty oak to a brisk, textured finish. This is a fresh, youthful and vigorous Pinot Noir with juicy dark fruit, grainy structure and fresh acidity. Match with poultry and pork, and with Asian cuisine over the next 3-4+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 777, 667, 115, 5 and Abel from vines planted in 2002, fully destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins post ferment and aged 12 months in French oak. 17.5/20 Nov 2015 RRP $28.95

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Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18.5+/20
Dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, near impenetrable. The nose is softly full and voluminous with a concentrated core of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit harmoniously melded with subtle notes of liquorice, tar, minerals and Asian spices, unfolding a hint of black pepper and toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is softly rich with a concentrated heart of ripe blackberries, black plums and liquorice entwined with spices and tar, unveiling violet floral and pepper elements. The fruit is supported by supple, fine-textured, ripe tannin extraction lending a smooth mouthfeel. The wine follows a very fine, structural line with soft, integrated acidity lending vibrancy, leading to a sustained, softly concentrated finish of blackberries, plums, spices and toast. This is a beautifully harmonious and supple Syrah with blackberry, plum and subtle spice detail. Match with Middle Eastern fare and roasted lamb and venison over the next 6 years. 100% Syrah, MS and ‘Stonecroft’ clones, vines planted in 2004, from two blocks, 20% from the 45° north-facing ‘Bank Block’, hand-picked, destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine spending up to 3 weeks on skins post ferment, and aged 12 months in 25% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 280 cases made. 18.5+/20 Jul 2016 RRP $32.95

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