Terrace Edge Waipara Pinot Noir 2012 and 2011
A balanced view regarding vintage character can also be taken with the multi-award winning 2012, and the 2011. The latter vintage is seen in the district as the better one in terms of ripeness, whereas 2012 is the cooler growing season. The riper year wines have darker, sweeter fruit and more substantial and firmer tannin structure, as well as more richness and body. A cooler year lends more elegance, aromatics, finesse and lower alcohols. It’s personal choice which is the preferred.
Here, I compare the new 2012 Terrace Edge Pinot Noir with the 2011 vintage, released not too long ago. Tasting the wines alongside each other puts things into a better perspective. In the time since I last saw the 2011 Terrace Edge Pinot Noir, in June this year, it has developed greater fruit expression, especially in the riper plum spectrum, and it now merits a rating equal to the 2012, and it may even outdo and outlast the 2012 in the final analysis! www.terraceedge.co.nz
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Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 08-Oct-2013Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby red with lighter purple edge. This has a beautifully fragrant nose with bright, primary fruit aromas of dark red cherries and berryfruits, lifted with red florals, a touch of herbs and whole berry pastille nuances all finely integrated and harmoniously presented. Medium-bodied and elegant in proportion, this is a fine of perfume and finesse, showing vibrant, aromatically lifted red cherry and berry fruit flavours forming a refined, tight core. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained, flowery tannins providing a supple, sinewy line. Fresh, lacy background acidity adds vitality and a little raciness to the bright, near succulent fruit. The vibrancy of the palate is carried to a very long, lingering finish with floral and spice elements. This is a very elegant and refined Pinot Noir with fragrance, freshness and finesse. Serve with poultry, pork and Asian cuisine over the next 5-6 years. Abel, 777, 667, 115 and clone 5 fruit from vines planted in 2002, hand-picked and fully destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 20-28 days on skins and aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Oct 2013 RRP $30.95 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates
Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 08-Oct-2013Very full, deep, dark ruby-red colour with black-purple hues. The bouquet is full with densely packed aromas of dark red and black berry fruits along with subtle plum notes. Some floral, earth, mineral and savoury detail and complexity emerges in the glass. Medium-full bodied. Rich, ripe dark cherry and berry fruit flavours show with excellent depth and weight. Oaking is very sensitive. The flavours open and become mouthfilling, building in density and concentration. Sweet and succulent, the mouthfeel is fleshy and plump, but supported by a core of fine tannin and extract. Discreet acidity adds to the fulsome, rounded textures. The flavours lead to a moderately long finish with plum, liquorice and spicy flavours. This is a rich, succulent and fleshy Pinot Noir with ripe berry and plum flavours and good weight. Serve with pork, lamb and casseroles over the next 5-6+ years. Pinot Noir fruit clones Abel, 777, 667, 115 and 5 from vines planted in 2002, hand-picked and destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 21-28 days on skins and aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Oct 2013 RRP $29.95 Very dark, deep, purple-hued, ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has an elegant and refined nose with tightly concentrated aromas of black cherries, berries and plums with lifted and fragrant violetty floral notes, spices, minerals and oak toast. Medium-full bodied, the fruit expression is a little restrained at present, but there is richness and sweetness, of black cherry and berry fruits entwined with black floral notes, minerals and nuances of oak char. The fruit and mouthfeel is enlivened by bright, lacy acidity, and supported by fine-grained tannins that grow in presence. The extraction carries the palate to a long, lingering, dry finish with nuances of violets and cherry fruit. This is a refined Pinot Noir with restrained, but vibrant black fruits and tannins that build in presence. It will develop over the next 5-6+ years. Match with poultry, pork, rabbit and Mediterranean fare. Pinot Noir fruit clones Abel, 777, 667, 115 and 5 from vines planted in 2002, hand-picked and destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 21-28 days on skins and aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 18.0+/20 Jun 2013 RRP $29.95 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates