2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough
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.
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)