2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1297187 94 points Raymond Chan

 Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is very elegant and finely proportioned with very good depth of pure gooseberry and passionfruit aromas along with notes of fresh herbs and snow peas. This is taut and concentrated, showing minerally elements. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a concentrated core of passionfruit and gooseberries, entwined with fresh herbs and snow peas, the fruit showing richness and sweetness. The mouthfeel possesses a stylish juiciness with fresh, racy acidity, the wine flowing briskly along a refined phenolic line. The flavours retain restraint, and the palate carries to a sustained, dry, mouthwatering finish. This is a stylishly concentrated and refined Sauvignon Blanc with fresh passionfruit and gooseberry flavours along with herb nuances on a fine-textured, thirst-quenching palate. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. 79% of the fruit from the ‘Trelawne Farm’ vineyard Awatere and 21% from the TWR ‘Home Block’, Renwick, cool-fermented in tank with 6% in older French oak demi-muids to 13.5% alc., the wine aged on fine lees.

94 points Sam Kim

 A delightful expression; the inviting bouquet shows grapefruit, feijoa, rockmelon and lemongrass characters with a hint of musky complexity. The palate is beautifully weighted and finely textured, and delivers bright fruit intensity and juicy acidity, finishing impressively long and mouth-watering. The wine offers varietal purity as well as subliminal savoury notes. Grapes were grown in Awatere Valley and Renwick districts, and a small portion (8%) was barrel fermented. At its best: now to 2021.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc delivers a great intensity of lemon juice and lime leaf notes with underlying dried herbs, crushed stones and pea pod hints. The medium-bodied palate lends a lovely creamy texture and complimentary yeasty notes to the intense citrus and herbal flavors, finishing long and minerally. (LPB)  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

Familiar to many of you by now, TWR is our longest-running Direct Import partner from NZ. Husband-and-wife team Jason and Anna Flowerday run this small organic vineyard in the heart of Marlborough. Truly one of the most incredible wineries in NZ today. The wines are pure, focused, flavorful, and laced with complex minerality. Our Direct Import relationship means that these wines represent one of the best values in the store, when you appreciate the quality of the wines produced and level of commitment shown. This Sauv Blanc is composed from "home block" fruit with a dash of their neighbors' fruit, plus fruit from another grower's vineyard in the Awatere valley. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2018 | Send Email
A tale of two vineyards: this zippy, refreshing wine comes to us from two distinct vineyards in Marlborough with very different characteristics. One comes from upper Awatere Valley, which provides the typical lush New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc aromas and flavors of gooseberry and tropical fruit. The other is a special, certified organic Estate vineyard in Wairau valley, which experiences greater diurnal shifts, and provides great lift and acidity in the wine. What I love about TWR is the balance and ease on the palate, and the impression of mouthwatering lime zest and stony minerality.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2017 | Send Email
A very well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. Tropical fruit notes upfront flanked by jalapeno, lime zest, and lemongrass aromatics. Juicy and lively on the palate, the minerality and freshness of this wine really shines. Unripe guava and passion fruit play with lime juice and grapefruit zest flavors. Great texture and lift to this wine. A quintessential New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for under $20!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2017 | Send Email
Cool ripe fruit, clean light green notes, penetrating minerality and snappy acidity. Yes please, can it be chilled and waiting for me when I get home tonight?

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
This is one my absolute favorite Sauv Blancs from any country and it's a bonus that it also comes from one of my all time favorite producers. This wine packs a lot of flavor in, thanks to low cropping in the vineyard, which concentrates all the energy and flavor into the grapes instead of the canopy. It possesses loads of tropical fruit notes and is juicy, bright, and fresh. Subtle herbal character is present thanks to the soils from the Awatere Valley, but overall the vegetal qualities are low thanks to heavy leafing in the vineyard. The people at TWR are farmers and really care about making quality, organic wines instead of something fancy and overblown. A truly great Sauv Blanc.
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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2017 | Send Email
This is super intense with snap pea, gooseberry, crushed citrus and lemon-lime aromas and flavors. Palate cleansing, mouth watering and focused, this is as easy to sip as it is food friendly.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2017 | Send Email
This is my favorite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at any price. It has everything that I want from this now famous style- clean grapefruit and serrano pepper on the nose, medium to light body, and a great bright, long finish with no residual sugar. This is one of our most re-bought wines in the store for a reason... Get out of the industrial production game and try these small production gems. This is a great value!
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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

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.