Terrace Edge ‘Liquid Geography’ Riesling 2015

The Terrace Edge ‘Liquid Geography’ Riesling of the Chapman family in the Waipara Valley is becoming a cult wine among Riesling aficionados. The Chapmans have a varied range of very successful wines from Pinot Gris to Pinot Noir and Syrah, but Riesling is arguably the family’s pride and joy. The ‘Liquid Geography’ is the medium-sweet bottling with around 30 g/L residual sugar and includes a portion of botrytised fruit, whereas the more widely seen ‘Classic’ has about 12-15 g/L RS, and is this medium-dry, making it more versatile as a food wine. Yet there is something seductive about the sweetness and the botrytis that provides an added dimension, making it even more delicious.

The 2014 Liquid Geography’ came from one of the most challenging seasons in the Waipara Valley. Pete Chapman reported working very hard to see the Riesling through the rains, and he considers the wine to be their best 2014 release. And this has been justified as the wine has gone on to win a trophy, gold medal and several 5-star ratings. I had the chance to try the 2015 alongside the 2014 when I visited Terrace Edge last month. I thought the 2015 a superior wine to the 2014. There’s not much of it due to a halving of the crop due to spring frosts, so with the increased interest in this wine, I recommend seeking it out sooner than later. www.terraceedge.co.nz


  • Terrace Edge ‘Liquid Geography’ Waipara Valley Riesling 2015

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