2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Riesling "D" Marlborough (Elsewhere $25+)
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on edge. The nose is elegant and very refined, with tightly bound, pure and pristine aromas of delicate lime fruit, white florals, rain water, wet-stones and thirst-quenching minerals. The aromatics exude finesse, near-austerity and beauty. Dry to taste and refined in presentation, subtle lime, floral and minerally fruit flavours show with utter purity. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth with very fine phenolics guiding the flow, enlivened by ripe, soft acidity providing great poise and tension. The wine is seamless, leading to a delicate, refreshing and pristine finish. This is a beautifully refined, delicate and seamlessly posed dry Riesling. Serve as an aperitif and with delicate seafood dishes ...
Perfumed and fragrant with lime and lemon aromas flecked with higher tones of jasmine, frangipani and citrus blossom. Great fruit purity and clarity here. Driven along by a shaft of stony, mineral acidity, the wine finishes with a sherbet-like, lemony blast. Great stuff.
Tangy wine in a bone-dry style with lime/lemon, mineral and orange blossom flavours. Assertive acidity makes this a great match for fresh oysters served with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Lovely purity and impressive length.
"Winery of the Year 2014" Raymond Chan. Te Whare Ra is a small, organic, family-run winery in New Zealand. A textbook summer resulted in a fabulous 2013 vintage and Riesling that will drink now and over the next decade. The Riesling "D" comes exclusively from 30+ year-old vines on TWR's organically certified "Home Block". The juice is cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the bright aromatics. The wine shows lifted aromas of jasmine, fresh lemon, Kaffir lime leaf and mandarin follow on the palate. These flavours of fresh lime juice, lemon sorbet and ripe grapefruit with hints of floral spice are balanced by a fine backbone of ripe acidity. This Riesling is a dry style which has excellent fruit weight and concentration to balance the lingering mineral structure.