TWR Riesling 'D' 5182 2018

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World Wine – Pure, focused, varietal and enticing bouquet with aromas of red and green apple, pear and sweet lemon. It’s also very floral and mineral with white blossoms and artesian water scents. On the palate - equally pure with fruit flavours, flowers, fruit spices and minerals that reflect the nose. Very youthful and precise with salivating acidity and satin mouthfeel. A delicious wine - perfect as an aperitif, balanced with a lengthy dry finish. Best drinking from today and through 2031+. 94 points. Cameron Douglas MS, camdouglasms.com

About This Wine

This is an excellent single-site dry Riesling.

The original Riesling vines on TWR's block were planted in 1979 and are the oldest Riesling vines in Marlborough. Part of the reason Anna & Jason Flowerday's conversion to organic and biodynamic farming was to rescue these old vines and coax them back to life. They saw huge potential in this old block and successfully rejuvenating them has been one of their greatest achievements. The fruit from the old vines has great concentration and structure as well as wonderful natural acidity that lends itself very well to making a dry style of Riesling.

All the grapes for this wine were hand-picked and hand-sorted. The majority of the fruit was then destemmed, gently crushed, and air-bag pressed, while one parcel was whole bunch pressed. All parcels were fermented in stainless steel tanks that were purpose-built for Riesling. The Flowerdays favour very slow, cool ferments for the Riesling to help retain the floral aromatics. This wine has not been fined and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians and anyone else who loves authentic, truly hand-made wines.

It has gorgeous lifted aromas of jasmine, fresh lemon and ripe kaffir lime, which follow through on the palate. Flavours of fresh lime juice, lemon sorbet and ripe grapefruit with hints of floral spice are balanced by a fine backbone of ripe acidity. This Riesling is a dry style which has excellent fruit weight and concentration to balance the lingering mineral acid structure. It is finely structured with great length of flavour.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Riesling
Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Appellation Renwick
Brand TWR
Vintage 2018

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.

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