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All the wines in the Wines With Attitude portfolio have been tried, tested and specially selected for their quality and taste. They are outstanding wines that offer good value; they are wines of character, wines with something to shout about.

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I'm so excited to have added some white wines from Te Whare Ra or TWR in Marlborough, New Zealand, at a customer's request. Whilst their Pinot Noir has long been a customer favourite, TWR's white wines remained quite hard to get hold of. I was lucky as my investigation into the white wines coincided with a trip to the UK by Anna Flowerday who owns TWR with Jason so I was able to taste all the wines with her and find out more about the TWR sustainable approach to wine-making. You can read more about TWR and their amazing wines in my latest blog.

If you think New Zealand wines are usually a little OTT, then you should try the TWR wines which form the vanguard for New Zealand's march towards more elegant, expressive wines. Try

  • Toru blend - the wine I thought I was going to hate but absolutely love
  • their beautiful and subtle dry Riesling
  • their silky Pinot Gris and / or
  • their Sauvignon Blanc which Anna described as "the New Zealand Sauvignon for people who think they don't like New Zealand Sauvignon".

The wines are are certified organic, biodynamic and all except the Syrah are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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And Toru time?? Three o'clock on a Friday is Toru time at Te Whare Ra Vineyard & Winery in Marlborough. It's the time when winemakers, Anna and Jason, open a bottle of TWR Toru, their white wine blended from three white grapes. The significance? Toru means three in Maori.  A happy coincidence as three o'clock on a Friday is when my weekly (almost) newsletter is sent out - if you want to find out more about wine in general, about new wines that I source and about my subscriber-only sales, please sign up!

And if you have any questions or want some advice on a mixed case of wines of your choice, please just email me.



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TWR ~ Te Whare Ra ~ Sauvignon Blanc 2016

TWR ~ Te Whare Ra ~ Sauvignon Blanc 2016

£15.25 / bottle

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TWR ~ Te Whare Ra ~ Toru White Blend 2017

TWR ~ Te Whare Ra ~ Toru White Blend 2017

£18.35 / bottle

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TWR ~ Te Whare Ra ~ Riesling 'D' 2016

TWR ~ Te Whare Ra ~ Riesling 'D' 2016

£18.35 / bottle

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TWR ~ Te Whare Ra ~ Pinot Gris 2017

TWR ~ Te Whare Ra ~ Pinot Gris 2017

£18.35 / bottle

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