2011 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Chardonnay Marlborough New Zealand

SKU #1123470 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Chardonnay is scented of white peaches, lemon curd and baking bread with hints of almonds, gingersnaps and orange blossom. Medium to full bodied, there's just a suggestion of oak complimenting the stone fruit and toasty flavors with refreshing acidity, a silken texture and a nice long finish. Drink this one now to 2016. (91+)  (10/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Te Whare Ra is a small, organic, family-run winery in Marlborough's Wairau Valley that we loved so much we decided to import them directly! TWR is available in the USA only at K&L Wine Merchants. Jason and Anna Flowerday are the husband and wife winemaking team behind TWR. All of their wines are hand-crafted with love and attention. Only 280 cases of the 2011 Chardonnay was produced from 30+ year old Mendoza clone Chardonnay vines at TWR's Home Block. Grapes were hand picked and gently pressed to top quality French Oak barrels (40% new), and the wine was left on its lees for 11 months. The wine is rich and textural but also bright and energetic. Showing aromas of ripe stone fruits and almond paste, it's got stone fruit flavors as well, with some bright pear notes accenting the ripe, soft core. The oak is very well integrated but adds some nice spicy, toasty notes to the midpalate before TWR's trademark minerality takes center stage in the long and balanced finish. A wine of great quality and purity.

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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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 (%): 14
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