Offering fabulous varietal purity and vibrancy, the wine shows green rockmelon, Gala apple, jalapeno and lime peel aromas on the nose with a hint of oatmeal complexity. It's delightfully weighted and persistent with fine texture and bright acidity, making it immediately appealing. Deliciously stylish. At its best: now to 2024.
Fresh, crisp, high-energy sauvignon blanc with appealingly pure lemongrass, lime juice, gooseberry and capsicum flavours. A refreshing wine from a hot, dry vintage where many wines lacked acidity.
While TWR is celebrated more for its beautiful aromatic whites like Riesling and Pinot Gris, the latest Sauvignon is a young yet well-balanced drop. Notes of relatively ripe peach and citrus fruit run along a spine of green bell pepper and that feline funk typical to this style and region. On the palate, complexity is added to the bright citrus fruit and zingy acidity via a chalky texture. This is a solid and unforced SB that speaks, not shrieks, of its origins. Another year or two in bottle should add a whole new dimension here.
While TWR calls the Wairau Valley home, it sources 75% of its fruit from the cooler, windier Awatere Valley for this cuvée, which is likely responsible for the elderflower-like and citrus fruit character here. It also offers pineapple fruit flavors, nettles and a thiol-derived flinty element that lingers on the finish. One-eighth of the wine is barrel-fermented, giving additional weight and roundness to what is a light-bodied, fresh style. You can enjoy its precision and purity in youth, but there's no hurry.
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