The Terraces Vintages

Esk Valley’s premium wine, The Terraces is only produced in outstanding vintage years, and the amount made is always very small.

The Terraces 2015

The vineyard once again showcasing the benefits of organic dry farming, and for the first time in the vineyard’s history we have bottled three consecutive vintages. A more elegant wine than the 2014, due the slightly cooler vintage, but no less powerful., The wine displays its usual Malbec orientated black fruits, especially cherry and blackberry with cedar nuances and a thread of acidity giving the wine freshness and age worthiness. This is another great handcrafted wine from this great vineyard site.
230 cases produced

The Terraces 2014

Another excellent season accumulating more growing degree units than 2013. We are now seeing the benefits of dry farming and organic cultivation. Higher yields than 2013 and a later harvest date but the fruit was in excellent condition and this is destined to become a legendary vintage for The Terraces. This is also the first vintage label to showcase Heipipi,, the name of the ancient maori pa that sat atop The Terraces vineyard for over 500 years.
330 cases produced

The Terraces 2013

An ideal growing season with a few records broken along the way and a relief after three difficult Bay View harvests. A record number of days over 30*C in December plunged Hawkes Bay into drought and these conditions persisted till harvest. Cool nights along the way meant the retention of natural acidity, the ideal combination for powerful but elegant wine. Our first bottled vintage from our now unirrigated and organically farmed vineyard.
190 cases produced

The Terraces 2009

An excellent growing season although not without its issues. Spring and summer were cool and dry resulting in reduced disease pressure. Persistent rainfall in February threatened to derail the harvest but a long dry autumn allowed us to harvest the vineyard in perfect condition. The cooler nights meant acidity levels remained high. A vintage of two halves.
280 cases produced.

The Terraces 2006

After a wet spell in late March threatened to spoil the harvest, warm and settled weather returned which allowed us to harvest fruit in excellent condition. Summer had been very dry and warm, providing grapes with thick skins and ripe tannins, but true physiological ripeness did not arrive till late in the season, making this the latest harvest yet for the vineyard. Another single day harvest with co fermentation in a single open fermenter.
269 cases produced

The Terraces 2004

Once again a cool and wet summer was superceded by a long and dry autumn. Harvest conditions were similar to those experienced in 2002, with good sugar levels being obtained. Once again the harvest was completed on a single pick, with all varieties co- fermented in a concrete open fermenter.
300 cases produced

The Terraces 2002

After another cool and wet summer Hawkes Bay enjoyed the hottest and driest autumn on record. The grapes ripened quickly as the vines came under stress, but true physiological ripeness came late, and sugar levels were the highest recorded. This is the most masculine of the wines produced and the first to be bottled under stelvin. Once again the varieties were co-fermented, allowing the vineyard to express itself without winemaking intervention.
270 cases produced

The Terraces 2000

A surprising vintage. After a cool and wet summer, a late indian summer produced grapes of excellent quality. Once again this is a Malbec dominant wine, although exact percentages are difficult to ascertain, as the wine was a true vineyard blend, selectively harvested and co- fermented. In essence a return to the winemaking style of the initial 1991 vintage.
250 cases produced

The Terraces 1998

Benefiting from its hottest summer yet, the vineyard achieved its highest brix to date. This was the most mouthfilling and exotic of the wines produced. It was also the first vintage to have a predominance of Malbec. It was released en primeur to an eager market both in New Zealand and the UK. A blend of roughly 45% Malbec, 35% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc.
300 cases produced

The Terraces 1995

A very hot spring and summer set up what was a classic vintage for this vineyard. Harvested at the end of March before any of the rain that afflicted the vintage. This was the only New Zealand red vineyard to have done so and shows the true quality of the 1995 vintage. A blend of 45% Merlot, 35% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Franc.
270 cases produced

The Terraces 1994

After the bleak 1993 vintage, the season of 1994 was relief. Not especially hot, the season was long and dry allowing us to hang the grapes late into the autumn. This was the last vintage to contain a portion of Cabernet Sauvignon, as it was replanted with Merlot over the following winter.
250 cases produced

The Terraces 1992

This was a cooler vintage due to the influence of the Mt Pinatubo eruption which cast a grey sky over the summer. Low yields and a high Malbec proportion gave the wine a concentration and character not found in other Hawkes Bay reds of the season. No Cabernet Sauvignon was used in the blend.
200 cases produced

The Terraces 1991

This first small vintage quickly became a New Zealand Classic and a signpost to the future. A high Malbec percentage represented a new style of Hawkes Bay red, and provided the wine with its unusually dark colour. The wine was a vineyard blend of the four varietals, harvested in one pick and co-fermented.
150 cases produced