2014 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
*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!
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.
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.
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)
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.
**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)