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This wine is pure TWR - that is to say it is produced by the amazing Te Whare Ra Winery, a small, family-run vineyard and winery. 7The fruit for this Sauvignon Blanc comes from a mix of the cooler Awatere Valley and from TWR's warmer Renwick vineyards which are certified organic. Though the Awatere vineyards are notcertified organic, they are sustainably certified and are cared for according to organic principles and to TWR's own environmentally friendly and sustainable principles.
I agree with Anna Flowerday's comment that this is "a Sauvignon Blanc for people who think they don't like Sauvignon Blanc". It's not the tropical fruit, Cloudy Bay style but a much fresher, more subtle style - very citrussy with lemon and lime on the nose and palate and notes of elderflower and gooseberry and just a hint of something more tropical in the background.
Although the wine is marked as oaked, only 14% of the blend was fermented in barrel - and those barrels are large and old so the effect is neutral and done more for texture than for taste. Read more about this in my oaked vs. unoaked wines blogpost. The lemon and lime flavours on the palate are round rather than sharp which make this a very smooth wine with just the right amount of acidity to make this a very balanced and pretty sophisticated wine.
Recommended with fish, shellfish, chicken, pork and roast ham. It will stand up to richer dishes better than some other white wines.
"This 2021 Sauvignon Blanc is a blend from three specially selected vineyards in two different subregions of Marlborough. Two of the vineyards are in the upper Awatere Valley – Shamrock, Trelawne Farm and the third being our certified organic home block here in Renwick.
Our 2021 release shows lovely ripe Awatere characters of guava, white currant, and elderflower coupled with the Wairau hallmarks of passionfruit & tropical notes and hints of basil and lime. These follow through to the palate – which is fine and soft with loads of fleshy fruit balanced by a ripe, juicy acidity and lingering minerality. There is real fruit weight here and that is complimented by lovely texture from the time on lees and the barrel parcels – It is utterly delicious!"
95 points Cameron Douglas MS
“Vibrant, pure fresh and varietal bouquet with aromas of sweet lemon and sage, red apple and fresh basil, white peach, quince and stone mineral complexity. Satin texture as the wine touches the palate with a core of fruit and contrasting youthful acid line. Salivating and slightly salty, mineral, plush and dry on the finish. Some of this wine is fermented in oak – delivery a layer of complexity and depth. A delicious wine, pure in expression, balanced, youthful and well made.”
94 points Sam Kim
“A stunning expression of the variety showing kaffir lime, crunchy apple, nectarine, oatmeal and sweet basil aromas, it’s powerful and deliciously flavoured in the mouth displaying excellent focus and persistency. Offering fabulous fruit purity and punchy intensity, this is upfront and splendidly drinkable.”
94 points Jane Skilton GT Wine
"Sits firmly in the cooler spectrum; cut grass, fennel, green apple and basil. The flavours are precise and succulent and when coupled with the brisk acidity results in a mouth watering delicious wine."
93 points Bob Campbell MW
“Fresh, punchy sauvignon blanc with mouth-watering capsicum, grapefruit, ginger and passionfruit flavours and a pleasing texture.”
91 points Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous
““A tantalizing combination of lemon sherbet, elderflower, pear and violet aromas combine in the TWR 2021 Sauvignon Blanc. This young, zesty expression almost fizzes in its vivacity, but there’s more to it than that: an element of texture has been built through the light body (14% barrel ferment may have something to do with that), providing welcome depth and curing the edges.”
A concentrated and refined Sauvignon Blanc, not the typical tropical fruit style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; This wine was described by winemaker Anna Flowerday as a Sauvignon Blanc for people who think they don't like Sauvignon Blanc. Not too in your face but a fresh and subtle style