Terrace Edge Waipara Pinot Noir 2013

Recent vintages have seen the ‘Terrace Edge’ label of the Chapman family, who own 12 ha of vines on Georges Road in the Waipara Valley, become recognised as one of the most successful in the district. The aromatic whites of Riesling, bottled under various sweetness levels, and Pinot Gris are arguably the stars, but the red wines, Pinot Noir and Syrah are becoming increasingly similarly regarded. Pete Chapman works diligently to grow the very best fruit possible, and the wines are made at the Muddy Water facility. Of the reds, Syrah is gaining a cult following, but it is Pinot Noir that has been the more consistent performer, with creditable wines made in both cooler and warmer years. The 2012 Pinot Noir, from a cooler growing season was particularly successful on the show circuit, but the 2011 wine is as good, its size and structure reflecting the riper vintage. 2013 is like 2011 in that it was a warm and dry growing season, seen to be near perfect by most of Waipara’s growers, except for the very low yields. Here, I preview the 2013 Terrace Edge Pinot Noir. www.terraceedge.co.nz


  • Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2013

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