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The Good Dirt

Latest reviews from around the world

Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc 2016 90 points Lisa Perotti Brown MW Wine Advocate 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 […]

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Pinot Noir 2017 (includes video)

We so enjoyed being part of Pinot Noir 2017 held at the end of January this year. This event is based in Wellington and hosts 600 delegates from around the world, alongside 115 of the country’s best Pinot Noir producers, with local and international speakers.  It’s an incredible few days of tasting, talking, listening and learning. Day 3 was […]

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New Reviews for 2016 from Sam Kim ~ Wine Orbit

Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc SV 5182 2015 Marlborough 95 Points 5 Stars A magnificent rendition of the variety; home-grown, low-cropped grapes were hand picked and hand sorted, and fermented predominantly in large seasoned oak vats, then matured on fine lees. The wine is subtle yet persistent, elegant yet powerful, exhibiting engaging aromas of white […]

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Houn Hook Reviews TWR

2014 TWR Pinot Noir ~ 92 points Deep, youthful red/purple hue, the aromas also fresh and vital with lots of primary fruit, raspberry and black cherry nuances. A suggestion of cherry bubblegum. A full-bodied pinot with masses of tannin. It’s been quite heavily extracted. The after-palate is positively chewy. This is about as big and tannic […]

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Te Whare Ra ‘SV5182’ 2016 Aromatic and 2015 Oaked Whites, and 2013 Pinot Noir from Raymond Chan

My 2014 ‘Winery of the Year’, Te Whare Ra, in Marlborough, has continued its single-minded drive for utmost quality and individuality, while respecting the vines, soil and environmental factors that are responsible for the wines.  Jason and Anna Flowerday have made further commitments to their organic and biodynamic winegrowing, labelling the wines from their ‘Home’ […]

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96 Points in Decanter Magazine for the 2014 TWR Pinot Noir

We’re super proud to receive this latest score for our 2014 Pinot Noir. The 2014 vintage was one of the earliest of the last decade . “It was an exceptional vintage, characterised by a textbook summer and very even ripening” – Anna Flowerday 2014 TWR Pinot Noir 96 Points Decanter Magazine (Dec ’15) Cameron Douglas […]

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TWR and TWR – Anna talks Wines & Biodynamics

BY Ben Thomas ~ The Weekly Review Australia “What’s in a name? William Shakespeare once pondered this question. Here at The Weekly Review we too have pondered the query, which is forever etched in our hearts thanks to the Bard. While we do love our full three-word moniker, around the office we refer to ourselves as TWR. […]

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Te Whare Ra named ‘2014 Winery of the Year’ by Raymond Chan

Raymond is one of New Zealand’s most respected wine reviewers and we are hugely humbled by this award. This is a tremendous accolade for Jason and I personally, but much of the credit must go to our whole team here for all the hard work and dedication they put into every step – from vineyard to bottle – we couldn’t do it without you! Previous winners […]

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Game of Rhones – Auckland July 4th

Game of Rhones is a combative celebration of the classic grape varieties of the Rhone Valley in France. Think Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne to name a mere few. This will be your chance to taste and choose for yourself a favourite variety, style and maybe even a region. Buy Tickets […]

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Awesome Accolades for Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc has been in the limelight around the world lately. Top Ten NZ Sauvignon Blancs to try and 93/100 with Decanter in the UK, plus some brilliant scores and reviews since launching with the LCBO in Canada this May. Decanter Tina Gellie Ten New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2014 wines to try 93/100 […]

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2013 Pinot Noir ‘terrific’

From early on we have been really excited by the quality of our 2013 Pinots (yes plural) and it seems others are too! Nick Stock tasted both our new Pinots in November and they were both featured in his Gourmet Traveller columns in their Feb 2015 issue. Nick also writes for www.jamessuckling.com and in his […]

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2013 Gewurztraminer review

We love this fantastic review of our 2013 Gewurztraminer from Bob Campbell MW in Gourmet Traveller Wine.  The 2013 has always looks stunning and making Gewurztraminer from some of the oldest vines in Marlborough is both exciting and a privilege. 95/100 5 Stars “Produced from one of the country’s oldest gewurztraminer vineyards, which was planted […]

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