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Te Whare Ra Riesling ‘D’ 2016

Te Whare Ra Riesling2016

£19.50

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Lifted aromas of jasmine, fresh lemon & ripe Kaffir lime. Flavours of fresh lime juice, lemon sorbet & ripe grapefruit with hints of floral spice are balanced by a fine backbone of ripe acidity. This is a dry style with excellent fruit weight & concentration to balance the lingering mineral acid structure.

 

Tech

Blend Info.
Riesling
Alcohol by Vol.
12%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
6-8+ years
Closure
Screwcap

Producer

Te Whare Ra

‘Te Whare Ra’ (pronounced Te Faré Rha) is a small Marlborough based vineyard owned by winemakers Anna and Jason Flowerday. ‘Te Whare Ra’ was first started by Allen and Joyce Hogan in 1979 and had a reputation that stood out from day one. Allen’s reputation for making outstanding aromatics grew and is what ‘Te Whare Ra’ has become known for. His foresight and knowledge has helped ‘Te Whare Ra’ get to where they are today - the oldest boutique winery in Marlborough. 

Anna and Jason appeared on the scene in 2003, fresh from working as winemakers in Australia and looking for a place to call their own. Anna and Jason wanted somewhere that was small enough for the two of them, but on a scale that would show that they are very serious about what they are doing. Winemaking is in their blood; both of their families have been involved in the industry for a number of generations and they have never wanted to do anything else. They brought their organic and biodynamic practises to the vineyard and now have a reputation for some of the finest wines in New Zealand. 

The wines are made with minimal intervention in a small winery which has been specifically set up for small batch winemaking. Te Whare Ra produces Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, an aromatic blend called Toru, Rose, Pinot Noir and one of our favourites their Syrah. 

To find out more about Te Whare Ra and their wines, visit their website here.

Region

Marlborough

Marlborough is New Zealand's largest and most famed wine region. Early successes with the Sauvignon Blanc varietal rang far and wide, landing NZ on the international wine map. With vintners interest in varied terroir and varieties escalating the recognition of the region globally adding fuel to the fire. Soon enough winemakers took to the cooler sub-regions of Southern Valley’s and Awatere. Back in the 1980s as an understanding of the regions potential slowly unfurled, farmers and foresters alike made the switch to viticulture and the industry blossomed.

Resting to the east at the tip of the South Island, Marlboroughs enjoys long drawn out daylight hours, coupled with a clear, cool atmosphere at night. This union results in a long, leisurely ripening period, greatly contributing to the grapes intensified flavours while the chill of the night retains the acidity levels.

Consisting of the three sub-regions; Wairau Valley, Awatere Valley and the Southern Valley’s. Marlborough has a diversified range of terroirs, allowing for impressive variation in style, minerality, and flavour. As the name suggests, the Southern Valleys sit south of the Wairau Valleys and houses the Omaka, Fairhall, Brancott, Ben Morven and Waihopai valleys - Marlborough's original sites. The southern location of these valleys and the soils relatively heavier clay content is a key factor in the regions ability to produce such a diverse range of wines.

Enjoying the slightly warmer north of the region, the Wairau Valleys sit more inland and benefit from the Wairau River running through, decreasing the need and frequency of irrigation. With each of the sites here having varying soil profiles consisting of alluvial gravel, wind borne loess and greywacke. Each vineyard will produce a unique wine, with flavour inherited from its unique soil composition. Although it must be noted, no matter how far a style strays, the rich fruit intensity that’s a hallmark of the region can always be found.

Close to the Coast lies Awatere, arguably Marlborough's most distinctive sub-region. The windier and cool location means the vines have a lower yield, meaning the wines produced have an incredibly distinctive character as each abstraction and variation isn’t diluted. The Herbaceous and flinty minerality truly reflect the sub-regions unique Terroir, while the good aromatics one can find stem from a decrease in the vigour of the vines.

As New Zealand’s largest wine region, housing around 77% of the countries vines and producing over 75% of the Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough has an upward trajectory and an exciting future.