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

SKU #1160917 95 points Raymond Chan

 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 ...  (6/2014)

93 points James Suckling

 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.  (10/2014)

91 points Bob Campbell

 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.  (2/2014)

K&L Notes

"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.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2014 | Send Email
This is always one of the prettiest wines we receive in each year. The juxtaposition of lime pith and cocktail fruit balances the fruit-forward nature of the wine. There's no sweetness whatsoever, yet the wine is zesty and fun in a way that sweet Rieslings can usually be. Again, as is the case with all the TWR wines, the price is quite generous.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2014 | Send Email
As an unabashed fan of Riesling, and a very occasional drinker of Sauvignon Blanc (no disrespect to all you SB fans out there, it's just typically not my thing) I would like to encourage you to try something new. Step outside your comfort zone, and live dangerously! Well, not too dangerously, since you probably already know and love TWR's Sauvignon Blanc, possibly their Pinot Noir as well. Their Riesling "D" has beautifully focused citric flavors, with a soft texture and lots of length. Try this dry Riesling; you may find that you have a new favorite.

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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 (%): 12.5