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2020 SV Chardonnay


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This Single Vineyard Chardonnay (SV5182) is made solely from the old Mendoza clone vines, which are part of the original TWR plantings from 1979.

We’ve bottled this Chardonnay under our SV label because we first tried this wine in barrel and the quality was something else – it deserved to be it’s own wine.
This did mean we’ve made an absolutely tiny amount but we’re super thrilled with the result.

Tasting Notes

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James Suckling 96 Points
This is dense and layered with phenolic tension and focus. Full and flavourful with smoke, aniseed flower, salted caramel and honey. Subtle and complex. Seriously delicious. From organically gown grapes. 70 cases made. Drink now

Bob Campbell MW – 95 points Ranked #3 of 53 2020 Chardonnay from Marlborough
5182 is the identification number of one of the oldest vineyards in Marlborough. A rich, weighty chardonnay with grapefruit, nectarine, struck-flint, hazelnut and bready yeast lees flavours supported by tangy, refreshing acidity. Drink 2021–2028

Cameron Douglas MS – 97 Points    
Pure, youthful, complex and alluring scents of fresh orchard fruits and raw cashew nut oak. White peach and grapefruit, red apple and fine wood spices suggesting some vanilla then a touch of white smoke. Medium+ weight on the palate, a core of ripe white fleshed fruits and citrus reflect the bouquet, very complex, texture and fine. A fantastic wine drinkable today or as a wine for the cellar till 2024 then through 2030+.

Metro Magazine Top 50 Wines – Top Ten
Another cracking chardonnay and another wonderful wine from Te Whare Ra. This chardonnay had it all, from smoky oaky notes to church incense, grilled stonefruit, baked custard, lemon curd with a touch of spice, some flinty characters and mānuka honey. If that wasn’t enough, it all sits on a full-bodied but remarkably fresh and juicy palate — “like fresh morning fog,” wrote Dale.

Sam Kim – 97 Points
Immensely complex and enticing, the wine shows ripe stone fruit, roasted hazelnut, French pastry, lemon zest and a hint of vanilla notes on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that’s plush and refined at the same time. Brilliantly framed by bright acidity, making it wonderfully structured for a graceful development. From their home vineyard in Renwick. Certified organic. At its best: 2023 to 2034.

Jane Skilton Gourmet Traveler Wine – 95 Points
A restrained subtle wine; taut, just ripe stone fruit and lemon curd with a little hint of toasted hazelnut to start, with a gentle creamy texture with a salivating chalky edge. A long succulent finish that shows real persistence.

Nick Stock – 94 Points 
This fuses attractive fruit purity and notes of ripe peach and nectarine with complex savouriness, such as pastry, cream and honeysuckle. The palate has fresh, fleshy yellow orchard-fruit flavours framed in bright acidity. Good focus and plenty of flavour.


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