Terrace Edge ‘Liquid Geography’ Riesling 2013

With wine, people say they prefer dry when in reality they love a little sweetness. This truism applies to the Riesling wines of the Chapman family and their Waipara Valley ‘Terrace Edge’ label. Their main Riesling is the ‘Classic’, made in a medium-dry style with around 12 g/L residual sugar, and it’s a bit of a cracker, finding great favour in the market and in wine judging competitions. It is certainly the drier style, when compared to the Terrace Edge ‘Liquid Geography’ Riesling which was introduced with the 2011 vintage. The Chapmans must have been startled by the success of this new Riesling expression, one that is in the medium category with around 35 g/L residual sugar. No doubt the interest can be attributed to the clever name that infers geology, geography, minerality and their influence on the expression of terroir, but essentially, it’s the level of sweetness that has won the drinker over. The wine has also been very successful on the show circuit, winning the judges over too. In this latter case, it’s the beautiful fruit quality from the vines tended by Pete Chapman, and the sensitive winemaking by Gavin Tait at the Muddy Water winemaking facility. Here, I review the new release ‘Liquid Geography’ Riesling 2013 from a highly regarded, warm and dry vintage. www.terraceedge.co.nz


  • Terrace Edge ‘Liquid Geography’ Waipara Valley Riesling 2013

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