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Terrace Edge 2017 North Canterbury Albarino and Pinot Gris

12 April,2018

Terrace Edge is the vineyard and wine brand of the Chapman family who operate a winegrowing business from their 14 ha of BioGro certified organic vines planted in Georges Road in the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury. The vineyard was originally planted to Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. After Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris is the second-most planted variety at the vineyard, and the wine continues to grow in popularity. 1,800 Albarino vines were planted in 2013 as part of trialling new varieties, and it has proven to be an instant success. Pete Chapman meticulously tends to the viticulture and his work is fundamental to the quality of the wines. Both wines are made with indigenous yeast fermentation in barrel for greater levels of interest and texture by Gavin Tait at the nearby Muddy Water facility. Here, I review the 2017 Albarino and Pinot Gris, from a harvest marked by rainfall. Pete Chapman reports that both varieties made their way through the rain unscathed and were picked in pristine condition. www.terraceedge.co.nz

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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 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

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

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