2019 TWR Pinot Noir
All winemakers are a bit obsessed with Pinot Noir, because it is the most challenging variety to grow and to make and very unforgiving of mistakes. For our style of Pinot Noir we prefer the flavour profiles from the southern side of Marlborough. These soil types are much older than the Wairau flood plain and have lower fertility and a much higher clay component which gives the wines more depth and structure.
This 2019 release is a blend from 2 certified organic vineyards – our TWR home block here at the winery, and the Clayvin Vineyard in the Southern Valleys which are owned by the Giesen Family. We were very excited to be able to procure some extra organic certified fruit from the Clayvin block as we have seen the quality they have produced over a number of years. 2019 was a wonderful vintage in Marlborough for Pinot Noir. This resultant blend has great fruit weight and power, with the depth of flavour and complexity. The wine has a great approachable fleshiness but also the line and length for some serious cellaring.
This Pinot Noir exhibits gorgeous, fragrant notes of ripe strawberry and omega plum with hints of baking spice, mocha, and some complex savoury undertones. The fleshy, silky tannins combine with vibrant flavours of omega plum and strawberry. The palate has serious weight and flows from fruit purity into more savoury and complex flavours. The wine has great fleshiness and depth and finishes with a lingering persistence of fruit, fine tannin and well integrated oak. Bottled un-fined and with minimal filtration.
Cameron Douglas MS – 95 Points Outstanding
Complex and youthful, taut and dry, a wine of texture as much as it is of fruit, I feel this is a voice of place as much as it is style that Anna and Jason like to showcase. The fruit handling with a core of freshness and fine savoury seams not only add complexity, they speak to the slightly wild side of Marlborough as a place to grow fruit. An abundance of polished tannins and backbone of acidity, the core of fruit flavours soak up all. Oak sits well just enough in the background not to standout adding texture and complexity. A delicious wine best enjoyed from mid to late 2024 through 2034.