2018 TWR (Te Whare Ra) "SV5182" Gewurztraminer Marlborough

SKU #1390477 95 points Raymond Chan

 Bright, pale straw colour with a little depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is very deep with intense and deep aromas showing good penetration of exotic florals, with rose-petals and soft notes of Turkish Delight, along with refreshing herb nuances and a little mineral essence. The aromatics are tightly bound. Medium in taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a positive core with plenty of presence, intensity and weight, showing refined exotic rose-petal and exotic florals melded with Turkish Delight and honey with subtle musky notes. The mouthfeel is rich and finely balanced by fresh acidity and refined phenolic textures, the palate showing some unctuousness. This has a tight core with drive and linearity, and the wine carries to a very long and sustained finish. This is a beautifully refined and intense medium Gewurztraminer with exotic florals, honey and musk flavours with some richness and unctuousness and a very long finish. Match with fine Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4 years. Hand-picked and hand-sorted fruit from the TWR 'Home' block, vines planted in 1979, given skin contact and fermented in stainless-steel to 13.9% alc., and 18.0 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 368 cases made. Certified BioGro organic.  (12/2018)

95 points Sam Kim

 An outstanding expression of the variety, the elegantly perfumed bouquet shows tropical fruit, stone fruit, rose petal and subtle spice aromas, followed by a gracefully styled palate that is succulent and fleshy. The wine exhibits lovely fruit purity and intensity, backed by silky mouthfeel and refreshing acidity. Youthfully charming, this is promising to evolve graciously. Style: Off-dry. At its best: now to 2028.  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "Intensely perfumed, with notes of lychees, ripe oranges and cloves. These lead into luscious varietal flavours of lychee and quince, with underlying characters of ginger and exotic spice. The palate shows intense fruit concentration and weight with a fine, soft texture and excellent persistence of flavour. This wine is off dry and continues the outstanding quality of previous vintages of our Te Whare Ra Gewürztraminer." This wine is produced solely from 14 rows in the old block which were planted in 1979 and are some of the oldest vines in Marlborough at 39 years of age. 5 Stars from Raymond Chan

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- Thought to have originated in the city of Tramin in Italy's Alto Adige, Gewürztraminer is actually a pink-skinned incarnation of the Traminer varietal, and also the most widely planted variation. Known for its heady perfume redolent of rose petals and spice and tropical lychee flavor, its fuller body and moderate acidity, it can be made in a variety of styles ranging from completely dry to sweet late harvest wines. The best representations of the grape are grown in Austria and France's Alsace, though it's being made in smaller quantities in Eastern Europe, Italy, the Pacific Northwest, California, New Zealand and Australia.

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.