2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough (Elsewhere $40+)
Mendoza clone Chardonnay from the ‘TWR Home Block’ from 32+ y.o. vines, fermented with a small portion by indigenous yeasts in large French oak demi-muids, 50% new, to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 11 months on lees with 100% MLF. Full, even, light straw-yellow colour. The bouquet is full and complete, but elegant in proportion with concentrated and integrated aromas of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with subtle layers of mealy, nutty oak elements and flinty detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is refined and tightly concentrated with flavours of stonefruits, nutty oak, and mealy, flinty notes. The mouthfeel is dry and very harmonious with subtle oaking, and builds in depth, power and drive, with suggestions of creaminess. Discreet acidity provides lift and excellent tension, carrying the palate to a very long, lingering and intensely packed finish featuring citrus, toast and nutty nuances. This is a very finely layered and detailed, complex Chardonnay with intense stonefruit and nutty flavours and great length. Serve with poultry, pork and veal over the next 5+ years. Certified BioGro organic. 250 cases made.
"Winery of the Year 2014" Raymond Chan. Phenomenal Chardonnay! TWR is a small, certified organic, estate in Marlborough's Wairau Valley. Jason and Anna Flowerday, the husband and wife winemaking team craft all of their wines with love and attention. 2013 has been deemed by many as a vintage of a lifetime in New Zealand. Perfect weather conditions led to pristine fruit and fantastic concentration of flavor. This Chardonnay is hand-selected from just a few rows of 32+ year old vines at TWR's "Home Block". The vines are Mendoza clone Chardonnay famous for its intensity. The fruit is handpicked, hand-sorted, whole cluster pressed and fermented in French oak Puncheon barrels. The Chardonnay spends 11 months on its lees with weekly batonage adding layers of complexity and enhancing textural components. The wine shows rich, ripe orchard fruit, some fleshy yellow stone fruits nicley complemented by fresh mineral tones and a touch of stoney, flinty complexity. Only 250 cases made! A very limited number of bottles available. (Ryan Woodhouse K&L Wine Buyer)