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

16-Feb-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. www.terraceedge.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Terrace Edge Waipara Valley ‘Classic’ Riesling 2016
  • Terrace Edge ‘Liquid Geography’ North Canterbury Riesling 2017

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