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2021 TWR Sauvignon Blanc


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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 2021 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.

Tasting Notes

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!


Vintage 2021

Cameron Douglas MS – 95 Points
Vibrant, pure fresh and varietal bouquet with aromas of sweet lemon and sage, red apple and fresh basil, white peach, quince and stone mineral complexity. Satin texture as the wine touches the palate with a core of fruit and contrasting youthful acid line. Salivating and slightly salty, mineral, plush and dry on the finish. Some of this wine is fermented in oak – delivery a layer of complexity and depth. A delicious wine, pure in expression, balanced, youthful and well made. Best drinking from 2021 through 2026+.

Sam Kim – 94 Points
A stunning expression of the variety showing kaffir lime, crunchy apple, nectarine, oatmeal and sweet basil aromas, it’s powerful and deliciously flavoured in the mouth displaying excellent focus and persistency. Offering fabulous fruit purity and punchy intensity, this is upfront and splendidly drinkable. 77% Awatere, 23% Wairau; 14% barrel ferment. At its best: now to 2029.

Bob Campbell MW – 93 points
A blend of 77% Awatere and 23% Wairau fruit. States 14% is barrel-fermented. Fresh, punchy sauvignon blanc with mouth-watering capsicum, grapefruit, ginger and passionfruit flavours and a pleasing texture. Drink 2021–2025

Jane Skilton GT Wine 94 Points
Sits firmly in the cooler spectrum; cut grass, fennel, green apple and basil. The flavours are precise and succulent and when coupled with the brisk acidity results in a mouth watering delicious wine.

Rebecca Gibb MW Vinous March 2022 Report – 91 Points
“A tantalizing combination of lemon sherbet, elderflower, pear and violet aromas combine in the TWR 2021 Sauvignon Blanc. This young, zesty expression almost fizzes in its vivacity, but there’s more to it than that: an element of texture has been built through the light body (14% barrel ferment many have something to do with that), providing welcome depth and curing the edges.

Vintage 2020

Bob Campbell MW – 93 Pts
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

Cameron Douglas MS – 95 Points
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+.

“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
“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
“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.”

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