Te Whare Ra ‘SV5182’ 2016 Aromatic and 2015 Oaked Whites, and 2013 Pinot Noir

My 2014 ‘Winery of the Year’, Te Whare Ra, in Marlborough, has continued its single-minded drive for utmost quality and individuality, while respecting the vines, soil and environmental factors that are responsible for the wines. Jason and Anna Flowerday have made further commitments to their organic and biodynamic winegrowing, labelling the wines from their ‘Home’ block in Renwick with ‘SV 5182’, referring to the single vineyard site and BioGro organic certification number. It is part of their intimate knowledge of the plants, the site and the characteristics of the fruit that is yielded. The other crucial aspect is the sensitive approach in their winemaking to have wines that are faithfully reflective of their nature and origins. As a result, the wines are elegant and refined in textures, with subtle and sophisticated complexities. They are crafted to be savoured with food, and would probably be lost in a judging line-up, but provide much greater satisfaction in the final analysis.

Here, I review a selection of the latest releases, all designated ‘SV5182’, the 2016 aromatic whites of Riesling ‘M’, Gewurztraminer and three-variety ‘Toru’ blend, the 2015 oak influenced Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and 2013 Pinot Noir. The Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines are the first single vineyard releases of these varieties, the TWR releases normally being a blend of fruit from different sites. These inaugural bottlings represent an oak-fermented style project for the Sauvignon Blanc, and the capture of the unique character of a special parcel of vines in the ‘Home’ block for the Pinot Noir. All of the wines show the Jason and Anna Flowerday’s hallmarks of finesse, soft-textures and beautiful detail. www.twrwines.co.nz


  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Riesling ‘M’ 2016
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ ‘Toru’ Marlborough 2016
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2016
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2015
  • Te Whare Ra ‘Single Vineyard 5182’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

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