Wednesday, 7 December 2016

TWR Te Whare Ra

Te Whare Ra

Six pack of whites just arrived - anxious to get my thoughts on these wines to ya'l. Five of six are Single Vineyard expressions - marked by 'SV 5182' in the title of the wine.

TWR SV 5182 Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Quite pungent at first then a fragrant and complex layer of messages about wild white flowers, honeysuckle and heriloom citrus fruits; then of course some of the more typical Marlborough SB characters kick in with pink grapefruit and some tropical/red apple suggestions. On the palate - urgent, fresh, crisp and dry; loaded with flavours that reflect the nose, some softer herb notes, high acidity, vibrant texture, great balance and length. Drink now and through 2025 - this wine will age well.
94 Points

TWR Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Juicy, fresh, luscious and classical Marlborough aromas of citrus, tropical and white fleshed stone fruits; plenty of fresh herb and white spice. On the palate - juicy, fresh, crisp, dry and packed with flavour; lush salivating acidity, loads of citrus and tropical fruit flavours, lengthy finish. Totally classic, balanced and well made.
92 Points

TWR SV 5182 Riesling 'D' 2015
Lemon, green apple, mandarin, lime flower, apple blossom and honeysuckle dominate the bouquet, there's a distinctive mineral or light flinty character, quite subtle behind all the fruit messages. On the palate - fruity with an even display of all the types listed above, crisp, balanced, subtle flavours of green tea, peach and Kaffir lime, dry lengthy finish. 
94 Points

TWR SV 5182 Riesling 'M' 2016
Fragrant and slightly exotic aromas of ripe mandarin and lime flower, white peach and pale apricot, some honeysuckle moments and wild flowers. On the palate - off dry with some residual sweetness, flavours of cape gooseberry, mandarin, lime and green apple; unctuous textures and plenty of acidity, long finish and delicious. Drink now and through 2025.
95 Points

TWR SV 5182 Pinot Gris 2015
Fresh, floral, fruity and varietal with aromas and flavours of green and brown pear, yellow apple and some white spice, slightly oily texture to the bouquet. On the palate - crunchy, fresh, fruity and dry on the finish; flavours reflect the nose with medium+ acidity, light white spice moment and decent length, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2020.
90 Points

TWR SV 5182 'Toru' 2016
Gewurztraminer/Riesling/Pinot Gris - co fermented
Exotic, complex and inviting bouquet of fresh fruits, exotic fruits, spice, honeysuckle and harmony. On the palate - dry with plenty of acidity and flavours that show off lemon and pear, spiced apple and white pepper. Lengthy and totally enjoyable finish, great balance and length. Drink now and through 2020
94 Points

Waipara Hills

Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough
Pungent, fruity, distinctive and classic with all the hallmarks of a Marlborough SB - fruits of golden kiwifruit, cape gooseberry, peach and pink grapefruit, plenty of fresh herbs and crunch red bell-pepper. High acidity, crunchy textures, some spice and flavours that reflect the bouquet; lengthy finish.
90 Points

Wooing Tree

Wooing Tree 'Tickled Pink' Pinot Noir 2015 Central Otago
Ripe, fruity refreshingly sweet and packed with flavours of red melon, bing cherry, rose Turkish Delight, pink marshmellow and honey; plenty of acidity and a long fun finish. Delicious wine and perfect with spicy Asian soups or Pavlova. 
93 Points

Jules Taylor

Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest 2015 Marlborough
Very ripe, fruity and varietal with aromas and flavours of gooseberry and green gauge plum, apriocts and fuzzy skinned peach, the herbal side is mostly sweet hay and baked red bell-pepper with some cooked basil notes, high acidity, plenty of sweetness and honey, great balance and length, very nice indeed.
91 Points

Bendigo Estate

Bendigo Estate 'Loop' Noble Riesling 2016 Central Otago
Ripe and fruity with scents of lemon and honey, sherbet and ginger lemondade, exotic and inviting bouquet. On the palate - sweet and fruity with high residual sugar easily contrasted with high acidity; flavours of pineapple, apple, lemon and sherbet, lengthy balanced and well made.
90 Points

Music Bay

Music Bay 'Autumn' Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough
Ripe, herbal, fruity and powerful - aromas and flavours of fresh herbs, grass, piceapple, apple, hay and bell-pepper; plenty of acidity to offset the residual sugar and finisg=h the wine just dry. A wine for dessert courses or Asian spiced soups.
84 Points

Doctors Flat

Doctors Flat Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago
Ripe and intense bouquet of dark berry fruits, dried spice, dried herb, new oak and complex mineral core. On the palate - dry, fruity, savoury, complex and youthful; flavours of dark cherry and dark plum then freeze-dried raspberry; plenty of oak flavours and oak spice, clove and vanilla tones; youthful tannins and plenty of acidity. A wine still in development and requires decanting for service. Drinking best from late 2018 through 2030.
95 Points