2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough SKU #1297187


RC 94 SK 94 RP 90
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K&L Notes

Familiar to many of you by now, TWR is our longest-running Direct Import partner from NZ. Husband-and-wife team Jason and Anna Flowerday run this small organic vineyard in the heart of Marlborough. Truly one of the most incredible wineries in NZ today. The wines are pure, focused, flavorful, and laced with complex minerality. Our Direct Import relationship means that these wines represent one of the best values in the store, when you appreciate the quality of the wines produced and level of commitment shown. This Sauv Blanc is composed from "home block" fruit with a dash of their neighbors' fruit, plus fruit from another grower's vineyard in the Awatere valley. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    A tale of two vineyards: this zippy, refreshing wine comes to us from two distinct vineyards in Marlborough with very different characteristics. One comes from upper Awatere Valley, which provides the typical lush New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc aromas and flavors of gooseberry and tropical fruit. The other is a special, certified organic Estate vineyard in Wairau valley, which experiences greater diurnal shifts, and provides great lift and acidity in the wine. What I love about TWR is the balance and ease on the palate, and the impression of mouthwatering lime zest and stony minerality.
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    A very well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. Tropical fruit notes upfront flanked by jalapeno, lime zest, and lemongrass aromatics. Juicy and lively on the palate, the minerality and freshness of this wine really shines. Unripe guava and passion fruit play with lime juice and grapefruit zest flavors. Great texture and lift to this wine. A quintessential New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for under $20!
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Cool ripe fruit, clean light green notes, penetrating minerality and snappy acidity. Yes please, can it be chilled and waiting for me when I get home tonight?
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one my absolute favorite Sauv Blancs from any country and it's a bonus that it also comes from one of my all time favorite producers. This wine packs a lot of flavor in, thanks to low cropping in the vineyard, which concentrates all the energy and flavor into the grapes instead of the canopy. It possesses loads of tropical fruit notes and is juicy, bright, and fresh. Subtle herbal character is present thanks to the soils from the Awatere Valley, but overall the vegetal qualities are low thanks to heavy leafing in the vineyard. The people at TWR are farmers and really care about making quality, organic wines instead of something fancy and overblown. A truly great Sauv Blanc.
    Top Value!
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This is super intense with snap pea, gooseberry, crushed citrus and lemon-lime aromas and flavors. Palate cleansing, mouth watering and focused, this is as easy to sip as it is food friendly.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This is my favorite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at any price. It has everything that I want from this now famous style- clean grapefruit and serrano pepper on the nose, medium to light body, and a great bright, long finish with no residual sugar. This is one of our most re-bought wines in the store for a reason... Get out of the industrial production game and try these small production gems. This is a great value!
    Top Value!


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