About This Wine
Te Whare Ra has a longstanding reputation for producing one of New Zealand’s finest Gewürztraminers, and much of the credit must go to the vineyard here. This wine is produced solely from 14 rows in the old block which were planted in 1979 and are some of the oldest vines in Marlborough at 37 years of age. Part of the reason for TWR's conversion to organic and biodynamic farming was to rescue these old vines and coax them back to life. Anna and Jason Flowerday saw huge potential in this old block and successfully rejuvenating them has been one of their greatest achievements. The low-cropping vines give amazing complexity and concentration. All fruit for this wine was hand-picked and then hand-sorted. The fruit was de-stemmed and gently crushed, then given some good skin contact time before being slowly and gently air-bag pressed. The wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel. The juice was fermented very slowly at cool temperatures, to retain aromatics. All parcels spent time on lees post-ferment, for added texture and complexity. This wine wasn't fined and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians and anyone else who loves authentic, hand-made wines. 2016 was an exceptional vintage in Marlborough, characterised by a warmer and drier than average summer and very even ripening. This resulted in very balanced, fleshy wines with juicy acidity. The Gewürztraminer is intensely perfumed, with notes of lychees, ripe oranges and cloves. These lead into luscious varietal flavours of lychee and quince, with underlying characters of ginger and exotic spice. The palate shows intense fruit concentration and weight with a fine, soft texture and excellent persistence of flavour. This wine is of medium-dry sweetness and continues the outstanding quality of previous vintages of Te Whare Ra Gewürztraminer.
Wines of Marlborough
Marlborough is at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island and is the leading region in the country, being responsible for 75% of NZ’s wine production and 85% of its exports. Marlborough is internationally renowned for its distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc, described by some wine writers such as Oz Clarke and George Taber as the best in the world. Australia being such a close neighbour, we get a great number of brands imported into the country.
Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough is grown on well-draining alluvial gravels, with large temperature fluctuations between day and night. These conditions are great for growing grapes that strike a perfect balance between ripeness and acidity. The result is sauvignon blanc that is aromatic, driven by tropical fruit flavours but also supported by an herbaceous and mineral character. Aussies often described Marlborough Savvy Blanc as full of passionfruit flavour.
Despite many consumers having an idea of what Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is, the wine is actually made in a wide range of different styles. Wine makers take advantage of different clones, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to give their wines nuance and differentiate their brand from one another. You may have had sauvignon blanc from Marlborough before, but it is always worth exploring some not so commercial brands if it is a style you enjoy.
Other varieties that are produced in the region include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
World Wine – This vineyard is claimed to have some of the oldest vines in Marlborough. Intense, moderately sweet gewürz with concentrated Turkish delight and anise flavours. Discreetly luscious with seductive purity, an ethereal texture and an incredibly lengthy finish. 95 points. Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller WINE June 2016
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