2015 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1297186 96 points Sam Kim

 Famous for their exquisite aromatic whites, Anna and Jason Flowerday have fashioned this gorgeous pinot from grapes grown on their estate vineyard in Renwick combined with the ones from Rawiri vineyard in the Omaka district. The striking bouquet shows dark cherry, smoked game, floral and almond characters with hints of truffle and mixed spice. The palate is concentrated and powerful, within the elegant frame of the variety, exhibiting awesome fruit purity together with seductive savoury nuances, brilliantly framed by loads of polished tannins. This is impressively complex and multi-layered, and seemingly complicated with so many elements in play, yet the wine flows seamlessly through the palate offering one gratifying harmonious voice. This is top notch. At its best: 2018 to 2025.

95 points Raymond Chan

 Darkish ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is very elegant with a beautiful array of red floral fragrances that unfold to provide remarkable volume. The nose has a finely concentrated core of dark raspberry and dark-red cherry fruit entwined with subtle herb and mineral nuances, and suggestions of nutty oak. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with rounded but intensely packed heart of dark raspberry and cherry fruit melded with red florals and subtle herb and mineral nuances. The fruit is rich and sweet, and flows seamlessly along a silky, fine-grained line, the integrated acidity lending energy and drive. The wine carries to an elegant, succulently sweet, sustained finish of dark red fruits and florals. This is a refined and beautifully fragrant Pinot Noir with rich dark-red berry fruits on a silky, seamless palate with fine, flowery tannins. Match with tuna, salmon, poultry and pork over the next 5-6+ years. Fruit from the TWR 'Home Block' (8 clones) and the 'Rawiri' vineyard in the Omaka Valley (4 clones), all hand-picked and hand-sorted, generally destemmed and fermented with a small portion of whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 14 days on skins post ferment and aged 11 months in 30% new French oak. 571 cases made.

94 points James Suckling

 Plenty of sweetly fragrant spices and gentle herbal notes. Sappy and fresh with some attractive rose and violet-like florals. The palate has terrific balance where fleshy fruit is precisely contained in fine yet powerful tannins. This has length and build and just flows. Good wine. Drink now to 2022+.  (4/2017)

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By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2017 | Send Email
Previous vintages of TWR Pinots that we have brought in have been excellent productions that show some real classic Pinot characteristics bordering on a cross between a really nice Pommard from Burgundy and some “new-world” qualities without going over the top. But, this 2015 production has kicked up those wonderful qualities of their previous productions threefold to a level that is absolutely superb. Medium-deep ruby in color, the opulent nose is loaded with lush floral fruit notes {rose petals to violets}, black cherry to ripe strawberry to blueberry tones, that is reinforced by creamy to wet river stone mineral qualities. In its complex, silky smooth, rich palate, this exceptional Gem is balanced, elegant, fleshy, and well-structured, has a viscous mid-range, all of which leads to a long, succulent, juicy finish that seems to go on and on, and it is only 13.0% ABV {???}. This is great New Zealand Pinot, and Rusty has ordered me to bring home cases of this exceptional Gem for our consumption over the next seven to ten years. A GREAT VALUE!!!” …..A K&L WINE MERCHANTS’ DIRECT IMPORT ***** 13.0% ABV *****
Drink from 2017 to 2025

By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2017 | Send Email
Poise, precision and purity - these are the words that immediately come to mind upon tasting this wonderful Pinot Noir. TWR's Pinots are a bit shy upon immediate release, but always pickup steam to reveal their lovely character. Notes of exotic spice and dark red fruit lead to palate of great complexity. This wine is tasting brilliant now, but will continue to evolve.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
This is a very serious Pinot Noir and its complexity rivals that of many $70 Pinot Noirs. The fact that 2015 was a very small, concentrated vintage really is showcased in this wine with layers of flavor unveiling with every sip. The team at TWR care deeply about their wines and how they are farmed and aim to create wines of true place and substance rather than a pretty label. If you're looking for an authentic NZ Pinot, look no further. These guys are putting Marlborough on the the map for stunning, premium Pinot Noir.
Top Value!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2017 | Send Email
My favorite wines of our very strong New Zealand direct import program are from TWR. The 2015 Te Whare Ra Pinot Noir is full of dark cherry fruit and vinous, savory drive. If you like complexity in your Pinot, this medium bodied, long finishing bottle is a must try.
Drink from 2017 to 2025

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2017 | Send Email
Very enticing Pinot. The aromatics Range from bright berries to dark cherries with spice, earth and herbal nuances. It is medium light bodied but with substance, round mouthfeel, sizable but soft tannins pull everything together and let you know that patience will be rewarded, but that dark fruit and rich texture temp you into drinking it all now.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2017 | Send Email
Every year I review the new TWR Pinot Noir and attempt to put into words why this wine stuns with every vintage. Perhaps its because this lovely Pinot Noir sits at the juncture of several styles, incorporating boisterous fruit, elegant tannin and acidity, clean purity, and savory spice notes into one wine. Or perhaps it is the fact that this wine drinks beautifully now, yet has the potential to age nobly, or that it drinks perfectly on its own, yet pairs with a variety of foods. In any case, we have another great vintage in stock, and I'd highly recommend picking up a case or two.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5