Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Syrah 2013

There’s a growing realisation that Syrah is succeeding in various districts in the South Island. Originally, anywhere south of Hawke’s Bay was deemed too cool for the variety. Improved viticulture, better site selection and vine age have been major factors in seeing wines emerge from regions such as Martinborough, Marlborough and Waipara receiving critical acclaim both domestically and arguably more importantly, overseas. The New Zealand predilection for ultimate ripeness lessened our appreciation of cooler expressions of the variety, but this has been addressed especially with international commentators seeing the quality and beauty of style of such wines. The Waipara Valley has a number of growers who have released a number of excellent Syrahs over recent years, among whom is the Chapman family of Terrace Edge on Georges Road. The Chapmans have two small blocks of 9 y.o. Syrah, one on the level terrace overlooking the river, and the ‘Bank Block’, with 0.5 ha planted on a 45° north-facing slope. The fruit is blended, and the average yield for Syrah in the superlative 2013 vintage was less than 850 g/vine. This vintage is seen as an outstanding one for concentration and structure. Here, I review the 2013 Syrah. www.terraceedge.co.nz


  • Terrace Edge Waipara Valley Syrah 2013

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