2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough

SKU #1274003 92-93 points Raymond Chan

 Bright, pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter edged. The nose is finely packed with harmoniously integrated aromas of white stonefruits, mealy notes, lemon-curd MLF, creamy barrel-ferment elements, nutty oak and complexing oxidative nuances. This is refined on the nose and the aromatic intensity builds with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses rich flavours of white stonefruits, biscuits, lemon-curd MLF, and creamy, nutty, oak and barrel-ferment notes, forming a softly concentrated core. The palate is soft-textured and has a smooth linearity with underlying power, and balanced, integrated acidity. Layers of detail and complexing interest unfold and lead to a sustained finish of stonefruits, lemon-curd and nuts. This is a rich, elegant Chardonnay with integrated flavours of stonefruits, lemon-curd MLF, creamy and nutty oak complexities. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. Predominantly Mendoza clone and some clone 16 fruit from 35+ y.o. vines in the 'Home' block, fermented in demi-muids to 13.4% alc., the wine aged 11 months on lees in 50% new oak with 100% MLF. Certified BioGro organic. 278 cases made.

K&L Notes

I think Chardonnay is TWR’s secret weapon. From a tiny nine-row block of Mendoza-clone Chardonnay planted in 1979, the wine is an interplay between complex and exotic fruit notes (the small berries of the Mendoza clone give powerful flavors) balanced by deep minerality, mouth-filling texture, bright, ripe acidity, and wonderful layers of persistence on the palate. Nothing is overdone with this wine (it ages entirely in 600-liter French oak puncheons), and yet it is so powerful and rich. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2016 | Send Email
That's a very charming Chardonnay, not shy, but definitely not over-the-top, either. It has a beautiful floral nose with notes of roses, popcorn and cloves. The palate is very refined and spicy. Absolutely recommended

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13