TWR ~ Te Whare Ra ~ Syrah 2011

TWR ~ Te Whare Ra ~ Syrah 2011
£23.00 / bottle£262.20 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: New Zealand
Region: Marlborough
Wine Types: Red Wines
Grapes: Shiraz/ Syrah
Style: Rich Spicy Reds
Wine Types: New Wines
Drink: now to 2022
Oaked
Screwcap
ABV: 13%
Organic

Tasting Notes

The story

Te Whare Ra Winery or TWR means House of the Sun in Maori. It is a small, family-run vineyard and winery; the vineyard is one of the oldest in Marlborough and is certified organic. Owners Anna and Jason Flowerday moved to Marlborough in 2003 after some time working in Australia and chose TWR for its 11 hectares of vines planted on stony loam soils over gravel. Perhaps the Australian influence is what moved them to produce a Syrah but theirs is more in keeping with the great Syrahs of the Rhône.
Organic and biodynamic practices are used and the Flowerdays are fans of biodiversity and natural winemaking.
  • all grapes are hand-picked and hand sorted
  • some native yeasts are used but also some specially selected Rhône yeasts
  • barrels from different coopers are used for different parcels and only 35% is put into new oak keeping the oak influence subtle
  • there is minimal intervention and the wines are given sufficient time on lees in the winery to build texture and complexity

The Wine

As one of the winemakers, Anna Flowerday, is Australian, you might be surprised to find that this Syrah is much more like a Northern Rhône Syrah than a big, brash Shiraz from neighbouring Australia. The wine will be best enjoyed if decanted first as the fruit flavours need some air in order to emerge from under the savoury notes on the nose. 

It is worth the wait though as fruits like mulberries and ripe plums come to the fore especially on the palate, with some berries and cream. The wine is complex as it also displays black pepper, spice, coffee and vanilla. The finish is surprisingly fruity, the tannins very soft and the wine very mouth-watering. This is an elegant and complex Syrah. 

Food Pairing

This wine would match well with game, venison, roast chicken, pork, beef, lamb and veal. It copes well with creamy dishes, the fruit cutting through the cream, and fresh herb flavours.

Producer's Notes

"Syrah is a labour of love for us at Te Whare Ra. There are only a handful of producers here who make it - so it is a bit of a left field for Marlborough - but our site is warmer than many which means we have the length of growing season required and our soil type is well suited. This wine is our fifth release of Syrah...

This Syrah exhibits fragrant notes of mulberry, black pepper and ripe plum with hints of mocha, coffee and some complex savoury undertones. The ripe, supple tannins combine with concentrated flavours of mulberries and omega plums and spice. The palate carries onto more savoury and complex flavours and finishes with a lingering persistence of fruit, fine tannin and well integrated oak."

Awards

Winery of the Year 2014     Raymond Chan     Dec 2014
"... the Flowerdays represent the modern and young face of winegrowing in New Zealand, making a range of beautifully elegant, exceptionally high quality wines, with the greatest respect for the environment from which the fruit is obtained.

I’ve come across very few winegrowers and winemakers who give so much thought to every aspect of the vineyard, winery, winemaking, how their wines show in stylistic and quality terms, and how the wines are presented in the marketplace, as Jason and Anna. This reflects their passion, enthusiasm, extremely high standards, hard work and attention to detail in creating and crafting wines that reflect their vineyard and region, and their guiding the wines sensitively so that they are expressed with great finesse. At present, New Zealand wines are generally enjoyed for their strong and distinctively clear fruit flavours. It is apparent that our industry must progress towards producing wines which are more refined, subtly complex and textured with the ability to develop, so as to appeal to the increasing and maturing fine wine drinkers of the world. The Te Whare Ra wines are at the forefront of this movement in this country."

It's quite rare to find Syrah from Marlborough New Zealand but TWR has a very suitable vineyard and produces this organic Syrah more in the Northern Rhône Syrah style than the brash Australian Shiraz style. Savoury, pepper and dark berry aromas & flavours with soft tannins

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