The Terraces 2015 - En Primeur orders have closed!
Esk Valley’s iconic wine, THE TERRACES - HAND CRAFTED PERFECTION
The Terraces is associated with excellence, the best Esk Valley Estate can do, and as such nothing less will suffice. Since its inaugural 1991 vintage only 13 vintages have been produced and for the first time in its history we will bottle our third consecutive vintage, a testament to our search for perfection and the ongoing conversion to organic production which includes eliminating chemical treatments and foregoing irrigation.
The resulting wine is once again a deep and densely coloured wine, evidence of its Malbec base. Aromatically it showcases red cherry and blackberry notes, allied with its typically savoury and complexing notes of truffle and wet earth. Complex and pure at the same time, the wine is soft and mouth filling but possessing a tannic frame which offers a long term cellaring proposition. This 2015 The Terraces is a very satisfying addition to a collection of great wines produced from this majestic vineyard.
As with previous vintages the Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes were harvested as a field blend in a single pass, on the morning of the 7th April 2015. The fruit was destemmed to our No.2 fermenter, half filling this single 80 year-old concrete fermenter where it was hand plunged up to four times daily over the course of its fermentation. Post fermentation, the new wine was aged on skins for 24 days before being pressed to barrel where it has been nurtured for the past 17 months.
Our 2015 vintage will be released in June 2017.
Please contact Sue at the cellar door to purchase once the vintage is released in June
Phone: +64 6 872 7430
Fax: +64 6 836 6413
The Terraces steep, north west facing vineyard was originally planted in the 1940's and then re-established with its current plantings in 1989.
It occupies approximately 1 hectare and is planted with Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The soils are complex, containing layers of seashells and limestone, interspersed with clay and volcanic ash. Fertility is quite low, and the vines are thinned to one bunch per shoot and harvested by hand.
To see the story of the brilliant 2013 vintage, check out the video here
"The 2009 vintage is a strikingly bold, dark wine with bottomless depth of blackcurrant, plum and strongly spicy flavour. Malbec (43 per cent of the vines) and Merlot (35 per cent) are typically the major ingredients, supplemented by Cabernet Franc; the Malbec gives 'perfume, spice, tannin and brilliant colour'. Yields in the 1-hectare vineyard are very low, and the wine is matured for 17 to 22 months in all-new French oak barriques.
'En primeur' (payment at a reduced price, in advance of delivery) has been the best way to buy. It typically matures well, developing a beautiful fragrance and spicy, Rhône-like complexity. At a vertical tasting in 2011 of the six vintages produced between 1991 and 2000, the stars were the powerful, strikingly rich and complex 1998 and the dense, savoury, leathery 1995. The 2009 (5*) is notably elegant and supple, with deep colour and lovely concentration and ripeness of blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours. Very silky and savoury, it's already approachable; open 2014+. There is no 2010, 2011 or 2012, but the 2013 'looks exceptional'.
Michael Cooper’s Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2015
"The Terraces 2009 - 5 stars"
Bob Campbell, New Zealand wine writer
"1995... is tear jerking stuff, an amazing wine with complexity... it has heaps of intense fruit to sweep us all into a love affair with it.” “...expect it to be a highlight this decade of wines in New Zealand."
Peter Saunders, New Zealand wine writer