Te Whare Ra 2013 Whites and 2012 Pinot Noir

Jason and Anna Flowerday of Te Whare Ra Wines in Marlborough are quintessential modern and young New Zealand winemakers. Representing the contemporary approach of making wines of elegance and pure varietal expression with subtle complexities, they are also one of a standout group of small producers based in a region better known for its large production. Taking over the pioneering boutique Te Whare Ra winegrowing operation in 2003, they’ve kept to the philosophy of ‘small is beautiful’, and thus have been able to apply intensive viticulture and sensitive, detailed winemaking to craft very refined and intricate wines. With their purchase of the property, the acquisition of some of the oldest vines in Marlborough has provided an enviable resource which no doubt has a role in the quality and style of their wines. However, the Flowerdays are not rooted in tradition and the past, and are indeed at the vanguard of the industry in environmental and sustainability issues. Te Whare Ra a member of MANA Winegrowers, is certified BioGro organic, and has biodynamic winegrowing regimes. Also as part of their youthful outlook is the active use of social media in their marketing. The Flowerdays have few peers in the amount of thought that goes into every aspect of their winegrowing operation. In July last year, I visited Te Whare Ra and tasted tank and barrel samples of the 2013 white wines (click here to read my report). The wines looked extremely exciting. I now review the fully-finished and released wines, as well as the 2012 Pinot Noir. All of the wines have the descriptor of ‘elegance’ in them, and the beauty and finesse across the whole range of wines is simply sensational. www.twrwines.co.nz


  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Toru’ Marlborough 2013
  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Riesling ‘D’ 2013
  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Riesling ‘M’ 2013
  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013
  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2013
  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Chardonnay 2013
  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

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