Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2016


Pinot Noir is the main red variety at Terrace Edge, and is of extremely high quality, being a testament to the viticultural care of Pete Chapman and the careful winemaking by Gavin Tait at the Muddy Water facility. The 2016 growing season was an ‘extreme’ one, as Pete reports ‘mostly extremely dry’. The soil moisture as very low, but some rain in January ameliorated the situation. The Chapman family began harvesting Pinot Noir early with clone 5 on 24 March, but cooler autumnal nights slowed the ripening of the other clones. Due to the dry weather, the fruit remained in beautiful condition, enabling a long hang time to enable full ripening. "The berries had thick skins and vibrant fruit flavours” said Pete Chapman. The last pick of Pinot Noir was on 15 April. The Abel clone fruit stands out for its "generously ripe tannins”. Here, I review the 2016 Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir. www.terraceedge.co.nz


  • Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2016

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