Te Whare Ra 'Toru' 2019

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TWTO201910 UCAU
  • An aromatic blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris
  • Wonderful structure, texture and length
  • Very approachable now and will also benefit from 3-5+ years in the cellar
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    $29.99
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  • Sam Kim
    4.5 points

Editors notes

Has the aromatic spice and weight of Gewurztraminer, the structure and length of Riesling, and the great texture of Pinot Gris in a perfectly balanced 75%/16%/9% blend. It is a delicious, co-fermented field blend from a single vineyard.

Intensely perfumed, this wine has an intriguing nose with notes of mango, fresh citrus, white florals and exotic spices. The aromas lead into a multi-layered plate with flavours of mango, citrus, red apple and lychee with a lingering spiciness. The palate has excellent fruit concentration and weight with a lovely creamy texture and mineral edge which gives it great length of flavour.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Apple
    • Lemon
  • Palate
    • Apple
    • Floral
    • Lemon

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Sam Kim

    4.5
    "(2018 vintage) Bright and refreshing with elegant texture and juicy acidity, finishing long and silky. Always a delightful drink."

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Locations

New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.

Marlborough

When it comes to New Zealand wine, the first thought that often comes to mind is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This varietal has played a key role in propelling New Zealand onto the world wine stage.

Located in the northern part of the South Island, the region is centered around the town of Blenheim. In the past, the area was primarily used for sheep farming, but that all changed when Montana Wines planted their first vines in 1973. At the time, many believed the region was "too far south to grow good wine," but Marlborough proved them wrong. Although Central Otago has since claimed the title of the southernmost wine region in the country, Marlborough remains one of the most renowned.

The region boasts plenty of sunshine hours, relatively low rainfall, and cool temperatures, creating ideal conditions for producing world-class Sauvignon Blanc. Other white varieties grown in the region include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Sparkling wines. While Pinot Noir is the dominant red variety grown in the region, it is typically lighter-bodied than those produced in Central Otago or Martinborough.

About the brand Te Whare Ra

Te Whare Ra (TWR) is a small organic certified vineyard and winery located in the Marlborough sub-region of Renwick, and since 2003 has been owned by winemakers – Anna & Jason Flowerday. The 11Ha vineyard is planted to 7 different varieties and was first established in 1979. Yields are kept low, the vineyard is managed with a combination of organic and biodynamic practices and all the fruit is hand picked and hand-sorted. The wines are made with minimal intervention in a small winery which has been specifically set up for small batch winemaking.
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