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2020 SV Gewürztraminer


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Te Whare Ra has a long standing reputation for producing one of New Zealand’s finest Gewürztraminers and much of the credit must go to the vineyard here. This wine is produced solely from 14 rows in the old block which were planted in 1979 and are some of the oldest vines in Marlborough at 41 years of age. Part of the reason for our conversion to organic and biodynamic farming was to rescue these old vines and coax them back to life. We saw huge potential in this old block and successfully rejuvenating them has been one of our greatest achievements. They are very low-cropping, which is not great for the accountant’s numbers, but this is worth it for the amazing complexity and concentration we get from the fruit and the exceptional quality of the resultant wines.

Tasting Notes

Intensely perfumed, with notes of lychees, ripe oranges and cloves. These lead into luscious varietal flavours of lychee and quince, with underlying characters of ginger and exotic spice. The palate shows intense fruit concentration and weight with a fine, soft texture and excellent persistence of flavour. This wine is off dry and continues the outstanding quality of previous vintages of our Te Whare Ra Gewürztraminer.

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2020 Vintage
James Suckling’s Top 100 NZ, Nick Stock – 94 Points
Wow, this has so much rose perfume and lychee going on. Striking nose that’s so, so perfumed and alluring. The palate has a super-luscious texture and bold ripe peach and mango, banana and lychee. A riot of flavor. Drink now. Screw cap.

Cameron Douglas MS –  95 Points
Pristine pure bouquet, exotic, fleshy, fruity and familiar. Aromas and flavours of apples and white fleshed tropical fruits, roses and sweet grapefruit, umami and spice. A silky texture precedes contrasting acidity and fine fruit tannin textures. Long lasting finish with a plush and satisfying climax. Best drinking upon purchase and through 2026+. Perfect vegan, vegetarian and white fleshed proteins wine.

Bob Campbell MW – 95 Points
Fresh, creamy and concentrated Gewürztraminer, with classic varietal flavours including Turkish Delight, lychee and potpourri. A lovely wine with old-vine intensity. Should develop well with bottle age. Drink 2021–2028

Rebecca Gibb MW- Vinous March 2022 Report –  92 Points
The 2020 Gewurztraminer positively bursts with lychees, roses and the fruit-salad penny chews of my childhood (although inflation probably means they’re no longer a penny). Round, juicy and off dry, the wine retails a sense of shape ad definition. While it has reached 14% alcohol, it remains fresh, with a touch of spritz enlivening it further. The fragrant finish also provides a bi of tannic grip, giving a sense of reassuring structure and tying the wine up neatly. This cleverly made Gewurz shows that the makers at Te Whare Ra have a real handle on this grape. Enjoy in youth for its fabulous floral and fruity flamboyance.

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