2011 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand

SKU #1089054 17 points Jancis Robinson

 17.5 /20 Pale strawberry red. Good earthy notes are not too simple and fruity/beetrooty. There is some grunt here as well as an attractive transparency. Not too sweet or jammy. A very delicate hand on the tiller with just the merest hint of rusty nails on the end. Really satisfying dry (as opposed to sweet) Pinot that developed impressively in the glass.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale ruby-purple in color, the 2011 Pinot Noir gives vibrant notes of fresh strawberries and raspberries with suggestions of black pepper, earth and dried herbs. Medium bodied and elegantly fruited in the mouth, it gives just enough red berry and earth flavors supported by a low level of soft tannins, balanced acid and a finishing long. Drink it now to 2015.

Wine Spectator

 Offers a core of wild strawberry, with earth, spice and tobacco details. Smooth and crisp on the finish. Drink now. 450 cases made. -MW (Web Only - 2013)

K&L Notes

Te Whare Ra is a small, organic, family-run winery in Marlborough's Wairau Valley that we loved so much that we decided to import them directly! That means more bang for your buck. The couple that owns and runs the winery, James and Anna Flowerday, are so meticulous with their Pinot Noir that they sort their fruit berry by berry. This Pinot expresses beautiful strawberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose. In the mouth soft red and dark fruits. The typical bright, crunchy Marlborough acidity is balanced with rich savory undertones and depth from the old vines. 450 cases made. Winemaker's Notes: "All fruit was hand picked and individual berry sorted on de-stemmed fruit. 10% whole cluster ferment. The wine is comprised of eight different clones all planted on the TWR home block. All fermented in one-ton open fermenters and hand lunged up to four times daily. The Pinot was matured for 11 months in French oak, 30% new."

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Staff Image By: Mellyn Craig | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2013 | Send Email
This Pinot Noir has a lot going on for the price! The nose is very pretty with raspberry and strawberry fruits, and a hint of floral aromas. The red fruits carry through on the palette, as well as some darker fruits, white pepper, and anise. I like this wine’s combination of elegance and savory notes. This wine is good now, but has the acidic backbone to develop over the next few years.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.