2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Riesling "M" Marlborough (Elsewhere $25+)

SKU #1139068 92 points James Suckling

 Mineral, stony aspects to the nose here that encase the juicy lime and grapefruit aromas. Touches of jasmine and frangipani, too, with a touch of anise and wet stone. Plenty of breadth on the palate with a fair dab of residual sugar, pure and true to variety throughout. Drink now.  (10/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Riesling ‘M’ shows off a nose of lime pastilles and pear drops with underlying hints of mandarin peel and fennel seed. Medium-sweet in the light-bodied mouth with a lower level of alcohol (10.5% declared), it generously provides plenty of flavor and finishes long and nicely poised. Drink it now to 2017+.

K&L Notes

"Winery of the Year 2014" Raymond Chan. TWR takes inspiration from the great wines of the Mosel in this energetic and off-dry Riesling. The long hours of sunshine and cool overnight temperatures in Marlborough lend themselves perfectly to retain the natural acidity (a remarkable 9.5g/L) for this food-friendly and dynamic style. Selected from a single parcel on TWR's organic "Home Block". All of the fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted before being fermented at cool temperatures to retain the intense aromatics. Aromas of orange blossom, mandarin, lime and white peach follow onto vibrant, ripe flavors of pink grapefruit, peach and lime with underlying slatey mineral notes. This wine is fine and soft with excellent fruit weight and concentration to counterbalance the mouth-watering acidity. (Ryan Woodhouse K&L Wine Buyer) M' for medium, yet it's brilliantly refreshing and vibrant, displaying white peach, mandarin, ripe citrus and floral characters on the nose, followed by a succulent palate that shows wonderful poise and harmony. The elegant sweetness is perfectly balanced by the acidity, making the wine seamless and crisp to the finish. At its best: now to 2023.

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 10.5