94 Points: #10 of 63 in Marlborough Bob Campbell for The Real Review
Smooth, seamless sauvignon with lemongrass, capsicum, lime, passionfruit and subtle mineral flavours. Refreshingly dry with a crisp, mouthwatering and lengthy finish. Refined and sophisticated wine. Drink 2022- 2026
Te Whare Ra (TWR) is a small vineyard and winery located in the Marlborough sub- region of Renwick. The 11-hectare vineyard was first planted in 1979 and since 2003 has been owned by winemakers Anna and Jason Flowerday. Yields are kept low, the vineyard is managed with a combination of organic and biodynamic practices and the fruit is handpicked and hand-sorted. The wines are made with minimal intervention in a small winery which has been specifically set up for small-batch winemaking. The aromatic wines have carved out a reputation for TWR as a member of New Zealand’s elite, while the improbably good Syrah and Pinot Noir are opening people’s eyes to Marlborough’s potential for red wines of distinction. In recognition of the evolution of their cherished patch of Marlborough dirt, the Flowerdays decided in 2014 to label their single-site wines with their vineyard designation number from BioGro New Zealand. This number represents all their hard work over more than a decade to achieve organic certification. The SV5182 wines represent all that they feel is important in their craft: provenance, organic farming and authentic, world-class wines from Marlborough.
Certified Organic / Biodynamic.