2016 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1390479 94 points Sam Kim

 Elegantly styled and inviting, the bouquet shows spiced cherry, plum, olive and floral characters with hints of dried herb and almond. The palate delivers excellent purity and roundness, beautifully complemented by fine texture and polished tannins. The wine is wonderfully proportioned and poised, offering refinement and stylish complexity. At its best: now to 2023.  (8/2018)

93 points Bob Campbell

 Bright, fresh and flavoursome Pinot Noir with cherry, raspberry, red rose and spicy oak with a suggestion of savoury and dried herb character. An appealing and distinctive wine that is accessible now but should develop well with bottle age.  (1/2019)

93 points James Suckling

 This delivers a very complete and fruit-focused impression with the right balance of fresh red cherries and berries and more savory, woody and lightly earthy notes. The freshness and elegance is impressive. Drink now. Screw cap.  (10/2018)

91 points Raymond Chan

 Moderately dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues and some depth, lighter edged. The nose is elegant in presentation with fresh, bright and vibrant aromas of dark-red and black cherry fruit with notes of raspberries, unfolding suggestions of black plums, and a complex amalgam of dark herbs, violet florals and nuances of black minerals. Medium-bodied, the palate is initially shy in expression, but reveals a taut and finely concentrated core of sweetly ripe dark-red and black berry fruit. The flavours grow in richness and blossom on the mid-palate to fill the mouth with floral, herb and mineral detail. The fruit is underlined by supple tannin extraction and crisp, lacy acidity in the background lending tension and energy. The wine carries to a tight, lingering finish of sweet red berry fruits. This is a taut and finely restrained Pinot Noir with a concentrated core blossoms on the palate and supported by fine, supple tannins. Match with poultry and pork over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘TWR Home Block’ and the Eatwell’s ‘Rawiri’ vineyard, Omaka, clones 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, 10/5, Abel and 5, destemmed and fermented with a small portion of whole bunches in some parcels to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 14 days on skins post ferment and aged 11 months in 30% new French oak.  (7/2018)

K&L Notes

92 points The Wine Front: "Bold perfume shows red cherry, raspberry, brooding sweet spice, new leather and brambles. Palate is quite sweet but let’s say fruity, has a nice sheath of fine tannins, a fresh, crisp finish. Good flush of Pinot here." (Mike Bennie)

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/25/2019 | Send Email
Red-fruited with pure cranberry notes, this 2016 Te Whare Ra Pinot Noir shows complexity, with a bright core of acidity and an earthy finish. One of my favorite Southern Hemisphere Direct Imports, TWR’s quality is unbelievable for the price – biodynamically farmed, handpicked, balanced, and most importantly: delicious.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
I have been a fan of TWR for many years and this latest Pinot Noir does not disappoint. It is a bit lighter in style (which is good for me!) with bright red fruits and cranberry notes. On the palate, sour cherry and cranberry fruit, with a long, clean finish. Simply put, just delicious! Super versatile!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2019 | Send Email
The nose if full of wet stone, earth and stem with hints of spicy fruit coming in behind. On the palate the wine shows a medium structure and is a bit tart, but eventually opens and shows some weight. A long coiled finish shows lots of savory flavors.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2019 | Send Email
This is one of the bigger hitters from our Direct Import NZ Pinot Noir portfolio. Always handpicked, organic, and estate owned fruit, the result is a beautiful profile of strawberry compote and cherries that starts subtle and builds towards a long, focused finish on the back end. Power, complexity and elegance, this has it all!

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2019 | Send Email
The dedication to their vineyards, the biodynamic farming practices, and the light hand the Flowerday's use in the winery is on full display in this graceful, refined, pure expression of Pinot Noir from Marlborough. We at K&L have long considered TWR to be amongst the top producers in New Zealand and it seems the customers and critics agree, with these wines selling out very quickly after they come off the boat. Because this fruit is sourced from multiple sites as well as clones, it carries a great depth of flavor and intricate layers. Red and black fruits shine here, with a prominent dose of herb and crushed earth. The medium-body, fine tannin, and delicate fruit all meld seemlessly together to create a Pinot of unparalleled quality.
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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5