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Terrace Edge 2016 ‘Classic’ and 2017 ‘Liquid Geography’ Rieslings

16 February,2018

The Chapman family of Terrace Edge Vineyard, in Georges Road in the Waipara Valley have grown in stature over the last several years. While introducing innovative varietals into their meticulous vineyard such as Viognier, Albarino, Syrah and St Laurent, which have produced excellent wines to date, I see their classical varietal wines of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Noir as their best. Riesling in particular has been exciting to follow. The vineyard character is coming more into play, and Pete Chapman guides the vines, with Gavin Tait at the Muddy Water facility shaping the wines to express the inherent richness and breadth. I can see the ‘Classic’ Riesling evolving in style to show greater textures and mineral complexities. Carrying around 15 g/L RS, the wine appears very similar to the exciting drier contemporary Rieslings of Germany. The ‘Liquid Geography’ Riesling is a wonderful counterpoint to the ‘Classic’ with its sweeter palate, usually carrying around 35 g/L RS, along with the inclusion of botrytised fruit. The marketplace has taken to the ‘Liquid Geography’ and many see this wine as a signature for Terrace Edge. To me, both styles are extremely interesting and pleasing, and offer a significant difference to what is more commonly seen on the shelves and wine lists. Here, I review the new release 2016 ‘Classic’ and 2017 ‘Liquid Geography’ Rieslings.


Terrace Edge Waipara Valley ‘Classic’ Riesling 2016

Riesling from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


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

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

Terrace Edge ‘Liquid Geography’ North Canterbury Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


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

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates


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