Te Whare Ra 2015 and 2014 Whites, and 2014 Pinot Noir

My ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2014, Te Whare Ra continues its strong and individual stance. Being one of the smaller wine producers in this country’s largest vignoble offers Jason and Anna Flowerday a point of difference, but their 11 ha of mature vines are managed organically and biodynamically, and farmed to yield small crops of the finest quality fruit. The Flowerdays also make their wines in a beautifully refined and elegant style which is again, different to the vast majority of bold, fruity and up-front examples that come from Marlborough. The Te Whare Ra wines are best appreciated with good food so their exquisite balance, subtle complexities and fine textures come into play. It doesn’t take long before one is converted into a Te Whare Ra fan.

Here, I review the new 2015 releases in Sauvignon Blanc, medium Riesling and Gewurztraminer, and the 2014 Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The 2015s show a beautiful openness and sweetness of fruit with excellent freshness. They are already good drinking. The 2014s, these bottlings with some oak input, show a fruit-reticent style and are based on texture. They should reveal more of their character with bottle age. Interestingly, the earlier release stainless-steel fermented 2014 aromatic whites seemed more exuberant when I tasted them this time last year (click here to see my reviews). www.twrwines.co.nz


  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Riesling ‘M’ 2015
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

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