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Terrace Edge Waipara St Laurent 2016

21 July,2017
In diversifying the varieties of their Terrace Edge Waipara Valley vineyard, the Chapman family planted the St Laurent variety, best known for Austrian red wines. 0.3 ha were planted in 2013, with a further 0.3 ha in 2016. The Chapmans report that the variety yields firmer and larger bunches than Pinot Noir and berries with thick skins that have an "amazing amount of colour”. The inaugural wine, from 2016 was made as the Pinot Noir wine was. From 755 kg harvested, there were 2 barrels made. Due to the inclement weather during the harvest, there will be no 2017 release. Here is my assessment of the inaugural 2016 wine. www.terraceedge.co.nz

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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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