The Waipara Valley is a very special location for Riesling. The warm days and cool nights provide perfect conditions for growing ripe, rich fruit while also retaining a refreshing citrus acidity. Essential to the balance of the finished wine, this palate tingling poise enhances the wonderfully exotic fruit character. Floral notes add charm alongside a medley of nectarine, lime leaf and liquid honey. Off-dry, it delights the palate with its vibrant, juicy finale. The inclusion of a small percentage of botrytised grapes (so-called 'noble rot' which removes water from the grapes, increasing sweetness and flavour) enhances the mid-palate weight and richness. A masterful delight that is fast becoming a cult wine in NZ!
***** 5 Stars, 93+/100 Sam Kim, WIne Orbit (2016 vintage)
***** 5 Stars, 19+/20 Raymond Chan, 'Bright, light straw colour with slight green hues, very pale on edge. The nose is very fresh and finely proportioned with elegantly intense aromas of beautifully refined lime and lemonade fruit along with subtle notes of honeysuckle, white and yellow florals, nuances of herbs and minerals and suggestions of sherbet and minerals. This has great precision and poise. Medium in sweetness and light-medium bodied, bright and intense flavours of lime fruit intermingling with white and yellow stonefruits, along with honeysuckle, musk and minerals form an intense core. The mouthfeel balances richness and a subtle unctuousness wine a very fine phenolic flow and delicate, lacy acidity. The acidity lends poise, tension and precision, and the flavours carry to an elegantly concentrated and sustained finish of lime, honey, florals and minerals, This is a beautifully precise medium-sweet Riesling with rich flavours of lime, homey, florals and musk, along with fine structure and precise acidity. Serve as an aperitif with spicy Asian food and light fruit desserts over the next 5+ years. Late-picked Riesling fruit with 5% botrytis fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 34 g/L RS. Certified BioGro organic.' Dec 2016 (2016 vintage)
17/20 - JancisRobinson.com, 'Perfumed, aromatic nose with more than a dash of residual sugar on the palate, which is a welcome feature, though does make it seem oddly soft for Riesling. Perhaps a little more acid would have given better balance, but this is still full of flavour and intensity, so let's not pick nits!' Richard Hemming MW, October 2017 (2016 vintage)
Gold Medal - NZ Organic Wine Awards 2018 (2017 vintage)
**Vineyard of the Year** New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2018
Spontaneously purchased in 1999, after exploring the Marlborough wine region, Terrace Edge Wines in the Waipara Valley is the very essence of a family owned and operated business. The North Canterbury property was originally a sheep farm, and the Chapman family began their land conversion by planting 2000 olive trees on the lower terrace. The planting of twelve hectares of vines followed. With no previous experience, the development of the business was taken on with a real trial and error approach. The development of Terrace Edge has not been unlike producing a truly great wine, it requires a real hands-on approach. The whole family is involved in the various aspects of the business.
The warm days, cool nights and dry autumns of the Waipara Valley are ideal for producing outstanding wines, which reflect the varied aspects of their growing conditions. The Terrace Edge vineyard is planted in accordance with the variation in soil across the estate. Each plot has been specifically selected and matched with specific vine varieties in order to express their most desirable qualities in the finished wines once in bottle. The entire Chapman family strongly endorse the philosophy that only a healthy soil will nourish the vineyard and produce beautiful fruit which, in turn, can be crafted into high quality, distinctive organic wine. The vineyard is certified organic by BioGro, following a conversion that began in 2011. Official recognition of their organic status was achieved in March 2014. Vines planted include Pinot Noir, Syrah, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc with small recent plantings of Albarino and a variety often encountered in Austria, St. Laurent. All wines are crafted under the ever-watchful eye of winemaker Gavin Tait.