Nick Lyons from The Wall Street Journal rates this in his top 15 New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs.
About the Wine Maker
Te Whare Ra (TWR) is a small vineyard and winery located in the Marlborough sub-region of Renwick. The 11Ha vineyard which is planted with 7 different varieties was first planted in 1979 and since 2003 has been owned by winemakers Anna & Jason Flowerday. Yields are kept low, the vineyard is managed with a combination of organic and biodynamic practices and all the fruit is hand picked and hand-sorted. The wines are made with minimal intervention in a small winery which has been specifically set up for small batch winemaking. The aromatic wines from TWR are slowly but surely carving out a reputation for this winery as being one of New Zealand’s elite.
About the Wine
Pristine and delightful, the fragrant bouquet of this Sauvignon Blanc shows lifted aromas of stone fruit, feijoa and dill, leading to a concentrated and textured palate that's refreshing and lingering. A beautifully expressed sauvignon offering plenty of appealing flavours. 6% of the juice was fermented in mature barrels, which added extra dimension and layer without taking away the varietal purity.