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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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