TWR Riesling 'D' 5182 2016

Size: 750

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 2016

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.


The Wine Front – This dry expression of Riesling is in a more floral mode with gently waxy lime blossom and melon fruit aromas. Hints of pastry, too. The palate has assertive weight with impressive freshness. Spiced lime citrus flavors run long. Drink now. 93 points. Nick Stock, November 2017


World Wine – Brilliant pale straw colour with slight green hues, very pale edged. The nose is very elegant and refined with very good depth and intensity of pure lime fruit entwined with white florals a subtle layering of thirst-quenching savoury minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is taut and tightly concentrated with flavours of lime fruit, white florals and savoury minerals. The mouthfeel is thirstquenchingly dry with crisp, racy acidity, and the wine has fine fruit extract providing a refined line. Flavours of apples emerge and carry with the limes and minerals to a long, elegantly proportioned finish. This is a refined, taut, mouthwatering dry Riesling with lime, floral, apple and savoury mineral flavours and fine fruit extraction. Serve as an aperitif and with shellfish over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the TWR ‘Home Block’, vines planted in 1979, hand-picked and hand-sorted, a portion WBP, and fermented in stainless-steel to 12.4% alc., 3.3 g/L RS, TA 6.8 g/L and pH 3.01. Certified BioGro organic. 781 cases made. 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews June 2017

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