2018 TWR (Te Whare Ra) "M" SV5182 Marlborough Riesling

SKU #1390476 95 points Sam Kim

 This Riesling is 'M' for meticulous and magnificent; the sunny-sweet bouquet shows lemon zest, lime sorbet, blossom and nectarine characters, leading to a gorgeously expressed palate that is focused and lively. The wine is gracefully slim yet powerful and dazzling with mouth-watering fruit flavours and fine texture, superbly enhanced by elegant sweetness and exuberant acidity, finishing impressively long and seductive. Style: Medium. At its best: now to 2030.  (12/2018)

93 points Bob Campbell

 Quite a concentrated and weighty Riesling with tangy green apple, oyster shell, mineral, lime zest and subtle white flower flavours. Moderate sweetness is balanced by reasonably assertive acidity to give an off-dry and lengthy finish.  (1/2019)

93 points James Suckling

 This is the medium Riesling from Te Whare Ra. It loses none of the elegant purity of apples and limes and twists gently to off-dry at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.  (10/2018)

93 points Raymond Chan

 Bright, even, light straw-yellow colour with suggestions of green hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is elegantly with pure and refined aromas of exotic citrus and lime fruit with an amalgam of honeysuckle and florals. The aromatics build in richness showing plenty of presence, Medium sweet in taste and light-bodied, the palate has rich and open flavours of ripe limes and lemons enriched by subtle notes of honeysuckle and yellow florals. The flavours blossom to become mouthfilling, and are enlivened by good acidity. The wine flows along a fine-textured line of fruit extract and light phenolic grip, leading to a textured, off-dry finish. This is an open, accessible medium Riesling with lime, lemon and honeysuckle flavours on palate with some fruit extract textures and soft acidity. Serve as an aperitif and mildly spicy cuisine over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked and hand-sorted fruit from designated sections of the TWR 'Home' block, vines planted 2004 and 2007, given some skin contact and cool-fermented in tank to 10.0% alc. and 30 g/L RS, TA 8.1 g/L and pH 2.95. Certified BioGro organic.  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

Anna and Jason Flowerday own the oldest grapevines in Marlborough and they certainly know what to do with them. Their first passion is aromatic whites and this medium-dry style, with 30 grams per liter RS, makes for an extremely smashable offering. Coming from their estate vineyard, the BioGrow number they list on their label demonstrates their commitment to organic and biodynamic farming. Showing pure fruit, elegance and age-worthiness, this is one of the most exciting wines on the shelf. Winery's note: "Our passion for making and drinking Riesling is based partly on the wide variety of styles that this variety is capable of producing. That array of styles is a double-edged sword for some, but we feel that by labelling our Rieslings true to type we can encourage the Riesling revolution. We are enamoured by the general characteristics of all great Riesling wines: purity, elegance and age-ability and feel that the growing conditions here in Marlborough allow Riesling to produce at its best it really is an unsung hero variety for this part of the world. The high sunshine hours mean that we are able to achieve ripe, fruit concentration and the cooler night time temperatures mean that we retain the natural acidity that is the hallmark of this noble variety." (Anna & Jason Flowerday) 30 g/L RS.

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2019 | Send Email
The "M" stands for "medium sweet" but the wine comes across much drier than it is due to its acidity. Peaches, citrous, white flower. Very enticing, and a perfection with spicy food.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
This is, just simply, GREAT Riesling! A very pretty jasmine scented nose with apricot and orange. On the palate, bright, Mandarin orange, tangerine and cherry. Simply delicious and tasted drier than the label indicates (M=Medium dry). Just lovely!

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.

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.