2014 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1252068 96 points Decanter

 *Highest Rated 2014 New Zealand Pinot Noir* Exotic, fragrant, floral and fruity: ripe red berry fruits, wild ferment aromas of honey, light dried herb and sweet new oak. Lots of texture and spice with firm ripe tannins - delicious!

95 points Sam Kim

 A beautifully styled Pinot; aromas of dark cherry, violet and game with nuances of truffle and dried herb notes on the nose. The palate is concentrated and richly textured, and delivers refined mouthfeel as well as impressive power, beautifully wrapped in plenty of supple tannins. Seamless, engaging and promising. Grapes were sourced from their estate vineyard in Renwick and Rawiri Vineyard in the Omaka district. At its best: 2016 to 2024.

92-93 points Raymond Chan

 Moderately dark ruby-red colour with light purple hues on the rim. This has a very tight and elegantly proportioned nose of dark red cherry fruit with subtle notes of dark herbs and dark red florals, unfolding nuances of minerally detail. This is still youthfully bound and will unfold more from the core. Medium-full bodied, this is elegantly concentrated and slender in presentation, with flavours of dark red cherry and raspberry fruit. Some subtle herbal notes add interest, and soft red florals add lift. The palate core is sweet and rich, and supported by fine-grained, firm tannin extraction lending a taut and sinewy line and mouthfeel. This has good acid freshness and linearity, and the wine carries the dark cherry, herb and mineral notes to a long finish with spice elements. This is an elegant, taut Pinot Noir with cherry fruit flavours and sinewy mouthfeel. It will develop greater richness and complexity over the next 5-6 years. Serve with duck, pork and lamb. Clones 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, 10/5, Abel and 5 from the ‘TWR Home Block, Renwick and the Eatwell’s ‘Rawiri’ block , Omaka Valley, hand-picked and fermented with a small portion of whole bunches partially with native yeasts to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 30% new French oak barrels. 769 cases made.

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Pinot Noir displays a pale to medium ruby-purple color and fragrant nose of cranberries, pomegranate and rose with hints of underbrush, anise and fennel seed. Light to medium-bodied, it possesses beautiful elegance and freshness with satiny tannins and great persistence. (LPB)  (3/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale blackish ruby. Grainy savoury Pinot on the nose. Sweet palate entry and then some delicacy on the palate. Really quite racy with fully ripe expressive briary fruit. Medium persistence.  (2/2016)

K&L Notes

**New Vintage Release** The brand new 2014 Pinot Noir from TWR (Te Whare Ra) picks up right from where the 2013 left off! The 2013 became one of the best selling Pinot Noirs in K&L history...we sold 50% of the wines total production! Before the new 2014 even landed on our shelves it had been deemed the highest rated 2014 NZ Pinot Noir in Decanter Magazine by renowned Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas who gave it 96 points! The wine continues to pick up huge scores from other prominent critics around the globe. However with wines like this at K&L it's our staff that works the real magic. TWR has become a perennial favorite with our staff - it's what we drink with our friends and families. The wine's incredible purity, balance and depth are unmatched in this price point. It also doesn't hurt to know that the family behind the TWR wines (the Flowerdays) are some of the most dedicated, passionate, talented and flat-out lovely people I know! The Pinot is sourced from two small blocks in Renwick and Omaka, Marlborough. Fruit is hand-sorted, mostly de-stemmed and then re-sorted by the individual grape (yes, seriously). Fermented in small, one ton open tanks, matured in fine-grain French oak for 11 months (30% new). It is fragrant, pure, silky and enchanting - everything you want in Pinot. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2016 | Send Email
Bright red berries, great purity, focus, some minerality, and richness. The fruit is not too dark or heavy, but this has a lift and life to it that I find in a lot of the other varieties the winery offers...from their Rieslings to the limited production Syrah. The nose is bright and energetic, revealing layers and layers to discover as it breathes. This wine has sound balance, delivery, and expressiveness. Organically farmed and produced.

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2016 | Send Email
Soooo, I went bananas over the 2013 TWR Pinot, as many of you recall, equating it to some Premier Cru Vosne Romanee. Believe or not, the 2014 is much better. Medium deep ruby in color, the nose erupts with a pure essence of Burgundian style aromas of dried rose petals to blackberry to spicy clove-like notes with meaty, almost game-like to forest floor mineral qualities. All of this carries well into the mouth, with a full, complex, viscous, well integrated, lush presentation, with a broad mid-range, and a never ending long, warm, satisfying finish. This is an amazing Pinot Gem, maybe one of the best to ever come from New Zealand, and Rusty has ordered me to bring home cases so that we can enjoy it over the next six to ten years. AN AMAZING VALUE! DON’S MISS IT! ***** 13.5% ABV *****
Drink from 2016 to 2030

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2016 | Send Email
After the massive success of the 2013 TWR Pinot I wasn't sure we (K&L) or they (TWR) could top this best selling wine that simply stole the hearts and minds of our staff and customers. But after tasting the individual barrel components of this wine with owners / winemakers Jason and Anna Flowerday, I realized that they at least had done their part and then some! The 2014 TWR release is an even more refined, pure, incandescent reflection of their dedicated work in the vineyard and winery. I can hand on heart say there is no one in NZ that I know who is more dedicated to quality than these guys and it shows in the wines. The purity, delicacy, and just sheer drinkability of this Pinot is incredible. The aromatics are like the freshest farmers market berries, dew soaked rose garden, and exotic Asian spice box. There is wonderful ripeness here but also freshness and florality. The texture of the wine is pure finesse; fine tannins and perfectly ripe acids weave through the melange of forest fruit, wild bramble and loganberry. A lick of tight grain French oak adds another subtle but important dimension while never detracting from the purity of fruit that is center stage. With this wine (and the imminent release of the TWR 5182 single block Pinot) Te Whare Ra have deservedly and unanimously entered the very upper echelons of NZ wine. While I (and most other winemakers in NZ) have long considered their wines at the very pointy end of New Zealands's pyramid, there seems now to finally be a consensus among the press and consumers that these are some of the finest wines in the country standing toe-to-toe with names like: Ata Rangi, Felton Road and Rippon. Our continued direct import relationship with TWR means that our pricing on this wine belies its quality and pedigree. Give it the respect and ceremony you would a $50 Premier cru Burgundy (decant, proper glassware etc) and it will repay you in kind.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2026

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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 (%): 13.5