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The Terraces 2018 - En Primeur offer


Another vintage of Heipipi ‘The Terraces’ is to be released in the coming months.  We would like to provide you the opportunity to purchase the 2018 vintage of this rare and iconic wine at a once only ‘en primeur’ price. Deliveries will begin in June 2020.

Our goal has always been to make this wine with as few inputs as possible. To make a true and honest wine, reflecting the grandeur and uniqueness of this site. Organic farming, no irrigation and harvesting as a field blend are all integral parts of the viticultural story and vividly expressed in this 2018 vintage. Harvested at 24.1 brix on April 20, the vineyard yielded just 5.34 tonnes from its 1.93 hectares under vine, equating to roughly 1 bottle per vine.

The winemaking too reflects our desire to let the wine speak of its vineyard origins. The eleven barrels resting in our cellars represent the rewards of our labour stretching all the way back to pruning in July 2017. Fermentation as always took place in a single concrete fermenter and the gentle but thorough extraction of colour and tannin undertaken by hand. Maturation until now has been conducted in French oak barriques, but will be shortly followed by a yet to be determined time in tank before bottling without either fining or filtration.

This blend of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc has with time matured into a deeply coloured and supple wine, showcasing the vineyard’s signature notes of blackberry, cherry and dried herbs supplemented with smoke and liquorice. This 2018 vintage of Heipipi ‘The Terraces’ will age gracefully for many years, approaching its peak sometime around 2030– 2035 and gaining further complexity for at least another decade.

Technical details of Heipipi ‘The Terraces’ 2018:

Harvest date: 20th April 2018
Blend: Malbec 43%, Merlot 38%, Cabernet Franc 19%,
Alcohol: 14.0%
pH: 3.80
TA: 5.61g/L
Maturation: 20 months in 36 month air dried french oak barriques ( 55% new)
Coopers: Sylvain, Boutes, Sequin Moreau, Taransaud


Please contact Brittany at the cellar door to find out more about this special release. 

Email: enquiries@eskvalley.co.nz

Phone: +64 (6) 8797602




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