Terrace Edge 2018 Rosé and ‘Liquid Geography’ Riesling
The Chapman family have made their Terrace Edge North Canterbury wine label one of the most consistent and high quality of the region. Planting vines and olives after purchasing their property in Georges Road in 1999, they supplied contact fruit for several high profile producers but released their own label with the 2005 vintage. The vineyard is planted to the district’s successful varieties of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Syrah, of which their bottlings are first-class. To increase diversity, they also have Albarino, Viognier and St Laurent, which are proving to be extremely promising, based on initial harvests.
Bruce and Jill Chapman’s son Pete tends to the viticulture and is extremely meticulous, and the quality of the fruit from the BioGro certified organic vineyard is arguably the primary reason for the excellence of the wines. The other factor is the sensitive winemaking by Gavin Tait and his colleagues at the Muddy Water facility, who the Chapmans have a very close relationship with. Here, I review the new release 2018 Rosé made from Syrah, finally in sufficient to commercialise beyond the cellar door, and the immensely popular ‘Liquid Geography’ medium Riesling. www.terraceedge.co.nz
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Terrace Edge North Canterbury Rosé 2018Rose from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 30-Oct-2018Bright, light salmon-pink colour with a hint of cerise and purple on the rim. The nose is softly full withfresh fruit aromas of strawberries and quince with raspberry elements, unfolding subtle savoury and spicy red florals with berry nuances, and a suggestion of confectionary. A steely thirst-quenching mineral element adds vitality. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has vibrant and rich flavours of strawberries, quince and raspberries harmoniously interwoven, unfolding savoury red berry fruit and floral notes and hints of confectionary. The flavours form a rich, succulent heart with good depth, which is balanced by fine, mouthwatering acidity. The flavours carry to a lingering finish. This is a rich and vibrant medium-dry rosé with lush flavours of strawberries, quince and raspberries, florals and hints of confectionary, on a mouthwatering palate. Match with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. 100% Syrah fruit, given 4 hours skin contact and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 8 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage. Certified BioGro Organic. 18.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $22.00 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates
Terrace Edge ‘Liquid Geography’ North Canterbury Riesling 2018Riesling from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 30-Oct-2018Bright, light straw-yellow colour with green hues and a little depth, paler edged. The nose is elegant, refined and poised, a little tight and slender in expression initially, but unveiling lime and tangerine aromas with a subtle array of exotic florals, some honeysuckle and musk. The botrytis is subtle and sits at the aromatic heart. Medium-sweet to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and has a softly packed core with rich flavours of ripe citrus fruits melded with honeysuckle, exotic florals and some botrytis muskiness which adds to the richness endowing some opulence. The fruit is gentle, but builds in richness, concentration and mouthfeel, and is balanced by fine acid cut. The wine flows along a smooth line, leading to a sustained finish. Serve as an aperitif, and with mildly spicy Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4 years. Hand-picked Riesling fruit with approx. 10% botrytis, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 34 g/L RS. Certified BioGro organic. 18.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP $20.00, Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates