2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) "SV5182 - Single Block" Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1274004 96 points James Suckling

 A selected parcel that has been singled out as the best expression of Te Whare Ra’s site, it has an enchantingly bright and perfumed nose with violet-like florals, sweet baking spices and beautifully pure red cherry fruit aromas. The palate has impressive structure and textural complexity, tannins swirl, acidity shines and fruit flavour in the red cherry and redcurrant spectrum runs deep, long and deceptively powerful.  (3/2015)

93-94 points Raymond Chan

 Moderately dark ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly concentrated and fine in presentation with aromas of dark red cherry and berry fruit melded with red liquorice, dark herbs, nutty oak and mineral notes that form a tight core, unfolding dark-red florals in the glass. Medium-full bodied, this has a tightly concentrated core with juicy and luscious flavours of dark red cherry and berry fruit intermixed with red liquorice and notes of dark herbs and nutty oak. The fruit sweetness is supported by fine grained tannins providing a flowery-textured structure, and the mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. The palate is succulent and lively with balancing, refined, dry textures that carry the wine to a long, elegant finish. This is a tightly bound, succulent red cherry and berry fruited Pinot Noir with fine-grained tannin structure and bright acidity. Match with duck and pork dished over the next 6-8 years. The first release of a Pinot Noir under the 'SV 5182' label. Clones 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, 10/5, Abel and 5, the fruit from the 'Home' block, hand-picked and sorted, partially indigenous yeast fermented with a small portion of whole clusters, the berries uncrushed, to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins approx. two weeks on skins and aged 12 months in 30% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 112 cases made.


 Featured in: **Best Pinot Noirs In The World - Outside Of Burgundy** Best-Value Tasted! Fresh vibrant cherry nose, ample upfront fruit. Sleek attack, a pretty rather than powerful wine, quite concentrated but limpid too. Easy-going with immediate appeal.

K&L Notes

If you shop at K&L then no doubt you have seen TWR's wines before; they are one of our top selling direct import partners. However this is a new, single block release from them that we haven't carried before. It's made from fruit carefully selected exclusively from their home block directly adjacent to the winery. It is made up of 8 different Pinot Noir clones and only the top few barrels make the grade for this tiny production wine. The "SV5182" designation on the bottle is very significant as it represents the unique BioGro organic certification number given to this specific vineyard site. I have worked with Jason and Anna when making the selections for the SV5182 wines and can personally attest that only the very best of the best gets past them; they are their own toughest critics! I loved every single barrel that we tasted...but they managed to hone in on very specific markers that they felt best reflected their beloved piece of land. This is very special Pinot and we got just 120 bottles total. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer) 97 points Cameron Douglas (MS) "Gentle, floral, ripe and pure with aromas of light red fruits - a medley lead by red cherry then a little red apple skin; red rose perfume moments and soft fresh layers of oak. On the palate - pure with a seamless journey between fruit, oak spices and flavours with fine yet abundant tannins. The long finish only enhances these attributes. This is a wine for Pinot Noir purists who appreciate subtlety and charm."

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2016 | Send Email
For anyone who loves burgundy and does not like this wine, I will fight you! Holy Moly this is great Pinot Noir and a ridiculous price for what it delivers. Complex aromatics, a supple palate, lots of layers, great length. Beyond that it has that beguiling Pinot character where it has the flavor intensity of the fullest bodied wine but only lightest softest caress on your palate.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2016 | Send Email
This pinot is from a single block of a single, gravel laden, vineyard from TWR. This pinot oozes elegance and lift. With a bouquet of mushrooms and violets, leading your palate to notes of dark cherry, berries, cassis and spice. This pinot is lifted and light yet full of character. This is the kind of pinot that is hard to put down.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5