Te Whare Ra 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling ‘D’, Pinot Gris, and 2015 Pinot Noir

16-Jun-2017
Jason and Anna Flowerday have strictly followed their path of environmental sustainability to preserve their vine resource and as part of their lifestyle. Gaining BioGro organic certification for their ‘Home’ block vineyard for the 2014 wines, all bottlings from this site carry the designation ‘SV 5182’. The Flowerdays incorporate fruit from vineyards not yet certified, but they ensure that the vineyards and fruit meet their high standards. The Te Whare Ra style is one of delicacy and finesse, the wines showing their provenance, and often the richness and balance that comes from old vines. This is different to the vast majority of Marlborough wines designed to showcase their fruitiness in a bold fashion. That is why I am particularly enamoured by them, loving their detail and subtlety. This is one of the reasons why Te Whare Ra was awarded my ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2014. Here, I review a selection of new 2016 vintage releases, the ‘SV 5128’ Riesling ‘D’ and Pinot Gris, and the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Pinot Noir, the fruit for the latter two wines coming from two vineyards. www.twrwines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Riesling ‘D’ 2016
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

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