2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Bright, very pale straw colour with light golden-green hues, pale on rim. The nose is very elegantly presented, tightly bound with pure, mouthwatering aromas of passionfruit entwined with lime fruit, fresh herbs, subtle notes of white florals and stonefruits and thirst-quenching minerals. The aromatics show finesse, intensity and cut. Medium-full bodied, the palate is tightly constructed but has lusciously rich, bright and juicy, lively fruit flavours of passionfruit, gooseberries, herbs and minerals, lifted by fragrant white stonefruits and florals. The palate line is elegant and brisk with mouthwatering acidity lending vitality and tension, enhancing the fruit sweetness. The wine follows a very fine phenolic line, leading to an elegant, long-lingering, rich-fruited finish. This is a beautifully vibrant, juicy and lusciously elegant Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, gooseberry and white stonefruit flavours. Serve with Asian and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from three sites, 73% from the Lissaman’s ‘Trelawne’ vineyard in the Awatere, 15% from the ‘Linklater’s’ Terrace Stone’ vineyard in Renwick and 12% from the ‘TWR Home Block’ in Renwick, the latter two certified BioGro organic. Cool-fermented in stainless-steel with 8% in old French oak demi-muids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged on lees.
Ripe tree fruit, peach and nectarine flavours contrast with gentle, juicy green capsicum and lemongrass characters in this full-flavoured wine. Stylish Sauvignon Blanc, with plenty of weight and appealing mouth feel. Uncompromisingly dry. Good food wine.
What a delightful drink. This is intense and powerful without being aggressive. Lifted aromas of white nectarine, passionfruit, feijoa and dill lead to a succulent palate that shows excellent fruit richness together with bright acidity, making the palate refreshing and immensely likable. And this is one of those stylish Sauvignons that will mature graciously. At its best: now to 2021.
Listed by Stephen Spurrier as a "New Zealand Star" - Spurrier writes: TWR's Sauvignon Blanc 2015 was all florality and purity - a match for top quality Pouily - Fume.
70% from the Awatere Valley, 30% from Wairau, 80% fermented in big older barrels. Has both a creamy quality as well as tangy fruit from greengage to stone fruit. Ripe but dry (2 g/l RS). Creamy and pure with an overall subtlety even with these fine fruit flavours. Stony, dry finish. 17/20 points. (JH)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of gooseberries, lime leaves and freshly sliced bell peppers with wet pebble and chalky hints. Medium-bodied, it has a pleasant creaminess to the texture offset by racy acid and plenty of herbal and citrus fruit intensity, finishing with a mineral edge. (LPB)
Familiar to many of you by now, TWR is our longest running direct import partner from NZ. Husband-and-wife team Jason and Anna Flowerday run this small organic vineyard in the heart or Marlborough. Truly one of the most incredible wineries in NZ today. The wines are pure, focused, flavorful and laced with complex minerality. Our direct import relationship means that these wines represent one of the best values in the store, when you appreciate the quality of the wines produced and level of commitment shown. This Sauv Blanc is composed from "home block" fruit with a dash of their neighbors' fruit, plus fruit from another grower's vineyard in the Awatere valley. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ Wine Buyer)