2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) "Toru" White Blend Marlborough (Previously $20)
Listed by Stephen Spurrier as a "New Zealand Star" - Spurrier writes: A blend of 75% Gewurztraminer, 20% Riesling and 5% Pinot Gris - reminded me of the finest Turkish Delight, just dry and full of charm.
Te Whare Ra is a small, organic, family-run winery in Marlborough's Wairau Valley that we loved so much that we decided to import them directly! That means more bang for your buck. Winemaker's Notes: TORU - which means three in Maori is an aromatic blend from our TWR home block which we first made over 10 years ago. This wine is a true field blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Pinot Gris. We are passionate about these classic Alsatian varieties and we spent a great deal of time coming up with the right proportions in the blend. We were aiming for a wine that displayed the essence of all three varieties, whilst creating a distinctive and interesting wine in its own right. 2015 was a warmer and drier than average summer. All the fruit is hand-picked and then hand-sorted. Some parcels were destemmed and then pressed, some had longer skin-contact time. The wine was all co-fermented - partially in stainless steel and partially in large-format old French oak. All parcels spent time on lees after ferment for added texture and complexity. No fining. The Riesling portion comes from our oldest block of vines planted in 1979."