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