2019 TWR Sauvignon Blanc
This 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is a blend from four specially selected vineyards in two different sub-regions of Marlborough. We have focussed on this sub-regional combination for the last 12 or so years, as we love the resultant style of Sauvignon Blanc. Two of the vineyards are in the upper Awatere – Shamrock & Trelawne
Farm and two are in the Wairau – one being our certified organic home block here in Renwick, and the other is a young block owned by Jason’s younger brother Kurt. 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 & Kurt’s experience 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 2019 release shows lovely ripe Awatere characters of guava, white currant, and elderflower coupled with the Wairau hallmarks of passionfruit & tropical notes and hints of basil and lime. 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 – 95 Pts
“Pungent, varietal, fruity, savoury and exotic with aromas of fresh and dried herbs, sweet green papaya, grapefruit, apple and wet river stone minerality. On the palate – equally exotic, fruity and pungent. Dry with abundant acidity contrasted by a core of fruit that mirrors the nose. Fleshy satin textures, herbs and peppery white spice.”
Sam Kim – 94 Pts
“Offering fabulous varietal purity and vibrancy, the wine shows green rockmelon, Gala apple, jalapeno and lime peel aromas on the nose with a hint of oatmeal complexity. It’s delightfully weighted and persistent with fine texture and bright acidity, making it immediately appealing. Deliciously stylish.”
Mike Bennie – 93 Pts
“Marlborough sauvignon blanc with seriousness in its furrowed brow. Grapefruit and green herbs, pickled beans and flint. Nice start. The palate is succulent, fine boned, porcelain textured, exceptionally long and oh so sleek. Bright flavours, passionfruit and sage leaf, some strong ‘minerally characters’ left undefined but there. Very good, on the old school rating charts.”
Bob Campbell – 92 Pts
“Fresh, crisp, high-energy sauvignon blanc with appealingly pure lemongrass, lime juice, gooseberry and capsicum. A refreshing wine from a hot, dry vintage where many wines lacked acidity”
Huon Hooke – 90 Pts
“Light straw colour and a very appealing, fragrant bouquet of gooseberry, fresh herbs and passionfruit – a Marlborough style nose, with similarly good intensity of palate flavour that lingers on well.”