2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Rosé Marlborough

SKU #1252071

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. The 2015 rosé is made from early picked Pinot Noir from TWR's "home block" plus some fruit from two of Dog Point's organic certified vineyards just up the road from TWR. It's fresh, floral, and fruity with lovely ripe summer berries, brioche, rose petals and almond paste. Juicy, ripe acidity and a dry but soft finish. Fantastic rosé that will be constantly stocked in my fridge this summer. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
It goes without saying that we here at K&L are big fans of Anna and Jason Flowerday of Te Whare Ra (TWR). Their wines have brought us so much pleasure it seems unfair to ask more of them, yet here on our shores, just in time for summer we have the new 2015 TWR Rosé. Each year, I find that at least one of the several rosé wines that I keep on hand for the warmer months inevitably is a rosé of Pinot Noir. This year my choice was an easy one. Bright and crisp in style with singular focus and admirable length, this wine really over delivers.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2016 | Send Email
I hate to keep on comparing wines to Burgundy, but it is so easy! Think Marsannay Rose. Great, serious and delicious Rose. While this can be enjoyed as a summer sipper there is so much more going on here! Sour cherry, red berries, earth, a hint of forest floor, minerality, the more you look the more you find.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2016 | Send Email
A very complete and delicious Rose. I asked Jase and Anna at TWR if they would make a Rose for us and as per usual they totally knocked it out of the park with this number! The fruit is from selected from blocks pruned and managed specifically for making Rose. The destemmed Pinot Noir is given a short, gentle maceration on skins before spending some time on fine lees for added texture. As with all the TWR wines there is so much aromatic intensity here; stunning purity of fruit and energy. Summer berries, strawberries and cream some toasted barley notes, spiced citrus peel and bramble leaf. Great texture and presence on the palate; it finishes soft and dry. I can't think of a wine that I plan on drinking more of this summer - period.
Top Value!

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2016 | Send Email
Classic Pinot Noir's pretty cranberry, cherry and spice, this TWR rose has been a long time coming! We begged and begged Anna and Jason to make this wine for us- and we now get to enjoy the fruits of their labor! Refreshing acidity make this wonderful with roasted chicken, salmon on the grill, or even with apps and a cheese platter. Scoop it up while you can- before the staff buys it all!

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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.