Te Whare Ra 2018 Aromatic Whites, 2014 Pinot Noir and 2017 Noble Riesling

12-Dec-2018

The Te Whare Ra wines of Anna and Jason Flowerday come from some of the oldest vines in Marlborough, planted in 1979, nearly 40 years ago. It is the most precious resource on their 11 ha Renwick vineyard which they have revitalised and brought into greater balance with the land since they took over the winegrowing operation in 2003. The vineyard gained BioGro organic certification in 2012 and the wines made wholly from the site carry the designation ‘SV5182’, the BioGro certification number. The varieties planted are Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Some of the TWR wines are made with contracted fruit which is grown fastidiously. The Flowerdays are members of MANA (Marlborough Natural Winegrowers) and practice biodynamic regimes in their winegrowing.

For me, the Te Whare Ra wines are among the most beautifully refined, elegant and precise in the country. They have incredible attention to detail, subtle sophistication, textures and develop undeniable complexity. It would be easy to overlook their delicacy for lightness, but in drinking the wines, they grow in concentration and character that shows the low-cropping and balance of componentry that few other producers manage to achieve. I awarded Te Whare Ra my ‘Winery of the Year’ in 2014, and the wines are still some of the best I taste every year. The production is limited and it is advisable to obtain the wines on release, rather than wait too long and miss out. Here, I review the new 2018 Aromatic White and 2014 Pinot Noir releases, and the Flowerdays’ first Noble Riesling from the 2017 vintage, to be released next year. www.twrwines.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ ‘Toru’ Marlborough 2018
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2018
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Riesling ‘M’ 2018
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
  • Te Whare Ra Marlborough Noble Riesling 2017

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