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 yeasts
- barrels from different coopers are used for different parcels
- there is minimal intervention and the wines are given sufficient time on lees in the winery to build texture and complexity
These are winemakers who really care about the end product and it shows. And we are not alone in thinking that is top quality wine. We are lucky to have got our hands on a few cases.
Full notes coming soon
"Elegant cool climate characters of violets and black pepper. Ripe supple tannins, coffee, spice and savoury complexity. Long finish."
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."