2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Chardonnay Marlborough (Previously $25)

SKU #1319012 95 points Sam Kim

 This is all Mendoza clone vines grown on their estate vineyard; complex bouquet shows nectarine, oatmeal, hazelnut and nougat characters, followed by a concentrated and beautifully rounded palate that is attractively fruited and finely textured. Complex and engaging, and delightful and elegant at the same time, the wine offers excellent fruit purity combined with delicately infused oak undertones and savoury nuances. At its best: 2018 to 2024. Certified organic.

93 points James Suckling

 Pristine stone fruits and citrus with a nicely played thread of more savory winemaking elements that make for a compelling chardonnay. The palate has a pithy, slick and smooth feel. Fruit is allowed full voice and it sings clear into the finish. (NS)  (11/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The oak is most assertive in the 2016 SV 5182 Chardonnay. Toasted grain accents grilled stone fruit and pineapple flavors, adding a smoky layer of complexity but also (and more importantly) a velvety textural component. It manages to do so in a wine that boasts only moderate ripeness and body (it's labeled at 13% alcohol) but ample concentration and fine, citrusy length. (JC)  (3/2018)

K&L Notes

TWR has become a perennial favorite with our staff - it's what we drink with our friends and families. The wine's incredible purity, balance and depth are unmatched in this price point. It also doesn't hurt to know that the family behind the TWR wines (the Flowerdays) are some of the most dedicated, passionate, talented and flat-out lovely people I know! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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.