2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1252069 94 points Raymond Chan

 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.

93 points Bob Campbell

 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.  (10/2015)

93 points Sam Kim

 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.

Decanter

 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.

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (2/2016)

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)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Keith Palace | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/27/2016 | Send Email
This extraordinary wine is made from mostly Awatere fruit and has a fragrant floral bouquet of lime fruit and white flowers which gives way to rich, bright, juicy flavors of passion fruit and peach. Ripe but dry with refreshingly bright acidity. Serve this with Asian food for the next 2-3 years and you will be happy my friend.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2016 | Send Email
A benchmark for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It doesn't get any better than this. If you have never tried one before, make this 2015 vintage of Jason and Anna Flowerday's TWR Sauvignon Blanc your first. Conscientiously produced, meticulously crafted. Superb varietal and regional typicity. A perfect expression of terroir. This is a masterclass in NZ Sauvignon Blanc in a glass. Enroll today. Direct import pricing makes for very affordable tuition. And you can't possibly fail to be delighted!

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
Pitch-perfect Sauvignon Blanc from one of our favorite New Zealand producers. One has to reach for superlatives to express the utterly irresistible nature of these wines, which actually seem to be getting better with every damn vintage. For the sheer purity and precision of Jason and Anna Flowerday's sublime organic fruit— passion, nectarine, lime and gooseberry, and for captivating floral and mineral complexity, this insatiable Sauvignon Blanc leads the field. A marvel of a wine, once again, again highly recommended!
Top Value!

By: Kelsey McNellis | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2016 | Send Email
Less lemon notes than the 2014 vintage and more stone fruit, especially peaches and nectarines. I love this producer and I think they make fabulous wines! Definitely on the more medium bodied side with a touch of creaminess and a great accompaniment to almost any food.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2016 | Send Email
Year after year...they never cease to amaze us. This organically grown and produced wine is just plain ol' delicious. This wine has got layers of different flavors and textures to it. The nose is really intriguing. I don't want to stop smelling the glass, it is that lovely. The flavors of citrus peel, some passion fruits, a bit of grass and it finishes with a minerality to add to the fleshiness the pure fruit provides. The time on it's lees this wine sees also helps provide more layers of expression and textures. The wine is not finedor filtered either, so all you vegans/veggies out there can enjoy this knowing there were no egg whites used to filter it. Enjoy!

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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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.