2020 TWR Sauvignon Blanc
Our aim with this, our classic style of Sauvignon Blanc, is to put 100% effort into making a wine that silences all the doubters and which restores faith in this region and the amazing quality of the wines from here. This 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is a blend from three specially selected vineyards in two different subregions of Marlborough. Two of the vineyards are in the upper Awatere Valley – Shamrock, Trelawne Farm and the third being our certified organic home block here in Renwick.
The growing conditions in the Awatere are characterised by cooler temperatures and slower ripening than in the Wairau, which is all important for flavour development and ripe acidity. The wines from this sub-region tend to be more restrained in their youth but have great texture, structure and longevity. Our home block, the warmer days of the Wairau Valley and a bigger diurnal range. These climatic factors combined with our clay loam soil here, results in wines which have great texture and fleshiness and are characterised by riper tropical notes with stone-fruit with a lovely line of minerality.
Our 2020 release shows distinctive Awatere characters of guava, white currant, and elderflower coupled with lovely ripe passionfruit & tropical notes and hints of basil and lime from the Wairau fruit. These follow through to the palate – which is fine and soft with loads of fleshy fruit balanced by a ripe, juicy acidity and lingering minerality. There is real fruit weight here and that is complimented by lovely texture from the time on lees and the barrel parcels – It is utterly delicious!
Cameron Douglas MS – 95 Points – Vintage 2020
A complex, familiar bouquet of SB with aromas of ripe citrus and tropical fruits, soft sage-like herb layer and fruit spices. There’s power and intensity with a precise and enticing complexity. On the palate – equally complex with flavours and textures of crushed stones, pith and ripe orchard fruits then herbs and spice. The tropical fruits layers in reflecting variety with a vibrato and finesse reflecting site and winemaking. A delicious wine with power and drive – a limousine style. Well made and ready to drink from purchase and through 2025+.
Bob Campbell MW – 93 Pts -Vintage 2020
“Lush, ripe sauvignon blanc with attractive passionfruit, red capsicum, lime zest and citrus flavours supported by juicy acidity. A punchy wine with a pleasing texture”
Wine Advocate – Joe Czerwinski – 93 Pts – Vintage 2020
“Te Whare Ra’s 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is a racy head-turner, balancing ripe, tropical notes and ample breadth on the palate with zesty citrus and herb shadings, bright acids and a long, refreshing finish”
Nick Stock – 93 Pts – Vintage 2020
“The intensity and freshness here is hard to beat in this hotly contested category, and the intensity of peach, green-mango, lime and grapefruit flavours is impressive. Long, juicy and mouth-wateringly fresh. Drink or hold.”