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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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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 Waipara Valley ‘Classic’ Riesling 2016

Riesling from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18.5+/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, pale on the edge. The nose is softly concentrated with deep aromas of ripe lime fruit along with white and yellow stonefruits, and an amalgam of yellow florals with mineral elements. The aromatics form a rounded core unfolding an array of citrus fruits. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich and mouthfilling flavours of ripe citrus fruits and yellow stonefruits with subtle honied and yellow floral flavours along with nuances of lees and minerals. The palate has plenty of fruit extract and presence with fine-grained phenolic textures lending a refined line, with balanced, underlying acidity. The wine carries with good power and drive to a long and concentrated finish. This is a fulsome, mouthfilling, ripe, medium-dry Riesling with ripe citrus and stonefruit flavours with honey and minerals, and plenty of palate presence. Serve as an aperitif, with poultry and Asian fare over the next 5+ years. Very clean fruit, hand-picked, WBP and fermented to 13.0% alc. and 12.5 g/L RS, ta 7.5 g/L and pH 3.19. Certified BioGro organic. 18.5+/20 Feb 2018 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 ‘Liquid Geography’ North Canterbury Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18.5/20

Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is gently full with well-concentrated and deeply layered aromas of ripe citrus and tropical fruits, along with honey and marmalade, musky botrytis, unfolding savoury yellow stonefruits. Medium sweet to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and lusciously opulent, exotic, ripe citrus and tropical fruits entwined with honey, marmalade and musk. The mouthfeel is smooth and unctuous, and the flavours form a rounded heart. The wine is lively and vigorous with good underlying power and a fine thread of acidity lending cut and balance. The flavours carry to a long, lingering finish of savoury honey and musk. This is a rich and opulent, medium-sweet Riesling with ripe citrus and tropical fruit along with honey and musky botrytis, and good power. Serve as an aperitif, moderately spicy foods, Middle Eastern fare and fruit desserts over the next 4+ years. Fruit with approx. 30% botrytis infection, fermented to 13.5% alc. and 45 g/L RS, with TA 10.1 g/L. Certified BioGro organic. 18.5/20 Feb 2018 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 Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18.5/20

Full, even, light golden-yellow colour, a little paler edged. The nose is softly full and voluminous with aromas of yellow stonefruits entwined with a complex layering of nutty lees and mineral notes. The aromatics show good depth and intensity. Medium-dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has rich flavours of yellow stonefruits melded with nuances of exotic florals and honeysuckle, unveiling a layer of nutty and flinty lees and complex mineral elements. The palate has an understated unctuousness balanced by acid and alcohol cut, and the wine flows along a smooth line, leading to a sustained finish of stonefruits, honey and flint. This is a rich and flavoursome medium-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral, honied and complexing flinty notes in the Alsace style. Match with poutry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years. Hand-picked fruit, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented, 60% in seasoned oak and 40% in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 14 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage. 18.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $25.00

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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 North Canterbury Albarino 2017

Other White from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18+/20

Bright, light golden-hued yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and elegant with a taut core of white florals and minerals and a touch of salinity. The aromatics show excellent clarity with finesse and building intensity and detail with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has penetrating and vigorous flavours of white florals and white stonefruits, entwined with subtle citrus fruit elements, minerals and nuances of saline. The palate possesses light phenolic textures forming a positive line with balanced acid freshness lending a degree of poise. The flavours carry to an elegant, lingering finish of florals and stonefruits. This is an intense and vibrant dry Albarino with white floral and stonefruit flavours along with minerals and saline notes on a fine-textured palate. Serve with seafood, and with fine Asian fare over the next 3+ years. Second crop, hand-picked fruit, fully indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned oak to 13.5% alc. and 7 g/L RS, TA 10.5 g/L and pH 3.24. 18.0+/20 Apr 2018 RRP $25.00

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Terrace Edge Waipara Valley St Laurent 2016

Other Red from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18/20
Dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, lighter on the rime, very youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh, full and voluminous with ripe and plush, primary fruit aromas of dark-red and blue berried fruits along with an intriguing amalgam of violet florals, game notes, spices and subtle game suggestions. Medium-bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and succulent primary fruit flavours of dark-red and blueberries, alongside violet florals, jam and savoury spices. The fruit is supported by fine-grained, supple tannins and integrated acidity lending a soft, accessible mouthfeel. The flavours carry through to a plush finish with blueberry jam and violet notes. This is an up-front, crowd-pleasing, sweetly ripe St Laurent with flavours of dark-red and blueberry fruit along with jam, herb and violet notes, on a very accessible palate. Match with wild pork and game meat dishes, and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending approx. 3 weeks on skins post ferment and aged 11 months in 1 and 2 y.o. barrels. 50 dozen made. 18.0/20 Apr 2017 RRP $34.00 Cellar Door Only

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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 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

19-/20
Even, dark ruby-red colour with some youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with bright and fragrant primary aromas of dark-red cherry fruit and an amalgam with an array of red and violet florals and subtle cinnamon spice notes with nuances of dark herbs at the core. Medium-bodied, the palate is fine and elegant in proportion with tightly bound but succulent flavours of spiced red cherries melded with fragrant red and violet florals and a subtle line of aromatic, dark herbs. The tannins are refined in extraction lending a supple-textured mouthfeel, and the palate has softly ripe, integrated acidity. The wine flows seamlessly and carries to a very ling, lingering, fragrant finish of cherries, florals and spice. This is a beautifully aromatic and refined Pinot Noir with succulent cherry fruit and an array of florals. Match with Asian duck dishes over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 777, 667, 115, 5 and Abel from vines planted in 2002, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins post ferment and aged 12 months in 25% new French oak. 19.0-/20 Oct 2016 RRP $28.95

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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Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18.5+/20
Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-ruby colour, a little lighter on the rim. Youthful in appearance. The nose is gently full and voluminous, the fruit expression a little restrained, but revealing aromas of ripe blackberry and dark raspberries, with notes of Asian spices, violet florals and black pepper detail. This has excellent vinous presence. Full-bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated, but rich core of vibrant blackberry and dark raspberry fruit, with layers of spices and florals, with black mineral elements. This has sweetness and lusciousness, with suggestions of opulence, but the fruit is a little checked in exuberance. The mouthfeel is refined in texture with ripe fine-grained tannin extraction, and the fruit is enlivened by fresh acidity, providing a fresh, blossoming finish. This is a finely concentrated, rich Syrah with blackberry and raspberry fruit with florals and spices on a fine-grained, fresh palate. The wine is a little shy at present, but will bloom. Match with duck, pork, lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-7+ years. MS and ‘Stonecroft’ clone Syrah fruit, hand-picked, fully-destemmed and co-fermented by indigenous yeasts with 0.55% Viognier to 14.5% alc., the wine spending approx. 3 weeks on skins and aged 13 months in 25% new French oak. 18.5+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $32.00

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