Producer: Te Whare Ra
Country/Region: New Zealand, Marlborough
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon blanc
Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly: Vegan
About Te Whare Ra
Owned by winemakers – Anna & Jason Flowerday. The 11Ha vineyard is planted to 7 different varieties and was first established in 1979. Yields are kept low, the vineyard is managed with a combination of organic and biodynamic practices and all the fruit is hand picked and hand-sorted. The wines are made with minimal intervention in a small winery which has been specifically set up for small batch winemaking.
Te Whare Ra Winery is a small, family-run vineyard and winery in Marlborough. Some of their vineyards are certified organic, and the rest are sustainably certified and cared for according to organic principles. The family are also one of the founder members of MANA (Marlborough Natural Winegrowers) as well as a member of NZ Biodynamic Association.
It's not the tropical fruit, Cloudy Bay style, but a much fresher, more subtle style - very citrusy with lemon and lime on the nose and palate and notes of elderflower and gooseberry. Just a hint of something more tropical in the background. This has also had a touch of oak, about 12% of the wine, this gives a touch of complexity and depth..don't expect creamy as thats not what the use of oak was all about here. A wonderful, modern style of New Zealand Sauvignon that treads its own path.