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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. 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.
"... a blend from two special Marlborough vineyards in two different sub-regions... the upper Awatere Valley and Renwick (Wairau Valley)... We truly believe that to coax the best from Sauvignon it really does need to get some love and attention...
Our 2016 release shows distinctive Awatere characters of guava, white currant and elderflower coupled with lovely ripe tropicals and hints of basil and lime from the Wairau fruit. These follow through to the palate - which is fine and soft with vibrant fleshy fruit and great texture which are both balanced by a ripe, juicy acidity and lingering minerality. It is utterly delicious!"
18.5+ points Raymond Chan Jun 2017
"Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is very elegant and finely proportioned with very good depth of pure gooseberry and passionfruit aromas along with notes of fresh herbs and snow peas. This is taut and concentrated, showing minerally elements. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a concentrated core of passionfruit and gooseberries, entwined with fresh herbs and snow peas, the fruit showing richness and sweetness. The mouthfeel possesses a stylish juiciness with fresh, racy acidity, the wine flowing briskly along a refined phenolic line. The flavours retain restraint, and the palate carries to a sustained, dry, mouthwatering finish. This is a stylishly concentrated and refined Sauvignon Blanc with fresh passionfruit and gooseberry flavours along with herb nuances on a fine-textured, thirst-quenching palate."
93 points The Wine Front Feb 2017
90 Parker Points robertparker.com Feb 2017
""The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc delivers a great intensity of lemon juice and lime leaf notes with underlying dried herbs, crushed stones and pea pod hints. The medium-bodied palate lends a lovely creamy texture and complimentary yeasty notes to the intense citrus and herbal flavors, finishing long and minerally."
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."
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 quite a fresh and subtle style