2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (Elsewhere $24+)
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. The nose is slender, taut and tightly bound, and delicate in its intensity, with aromas of passionfruit, white flowers, minerals and nettles forming a very fine and intricate array on bouquet. Dry to taste, tightly bound, penetrating flavours of lifted, vibrant and juicy passionfruit, lime and white flowers are enlivened by bright, softly ripe acidity and balanced by chalky mineral textures. The palate has excellent linearity and drive, the mouthfeel possessing vitality and raciness with steel cut, leading to a very long, lingering and dry finish with passionfruit and wet-stone nuances. This is a vibrant, penetrating, taut Sauvignon Blanc with a chalky, minerally mouthfeel. Serve as an aperitif, with seafood, salads and vegetables, and with Mediterranean fare over the next 3 years. Fruit 78.5% from the ‘Trelawne Farm’ vineyard, Awatere and 21.5% ‘TWR Home Block’, Renwick, stainless-steel fermented with 6% in older French oak demi-muids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged on lees. 1,720 cases made.
What a beauty! This is an elegant rendition of the variety but not short on delicious flavours. The fragrant bouquet shows feijoa, lime zest, floral and jasmine aromas, leading to a juicy palate that is focused and finely textured, and is very long on the finish. Expressive but not aggressive. Grapes were sourced mainly from the Awatere Valley with the balance from their home vineyard in Renwick. At its best: now to 2017.
Delicately grassy Sauvignon Blanc with grapefruit, lemon grass, green capsicum, gooseberry and an appealing thread of minerality. Quite Sancerre-like wine with subtle power and a lengthy finish.
The Wall Street Journal noted in May, 2014: "An absolute stand out, Te Whare Ra’s wine has a real depth of flavor on the nose, with tropical and citrus notes. Once sipped it has a core of minerality rounded off by a vibrant, juicy acidity. Quite simply one of New Zealand’s top Sauvignon Blancs." Indeed, the 2013 vintage has been hailed as a "vintage of a lifetime" in NZ and TWR's Savvy shows exactly why. Carefully hand-selected from two single blocks (Trelawne Farm Vineyard in the Awatere Valley and TWR's "Home Block" in Renwick). The wine is fermented in a combination of small stainless steel tanks and neutral French oak puncheons. The purity of fruit and raciness of the tank portion is perfectly complimented by the more savory, mineral and richer textural element of the barrel fermented lots. There are so many more dimensions here than in many Marlborough renditions. Snappy citrus, passion flower, preserved lemon and crushed herbs, great texture and long, long persistence on the palate. Fro the last three years this wine has been a permanent "Staff Pick" here at K&L and the 2013 looks to be the best edition yet. (Ryan Woodhouse K&L New Zealand wine buyer)