Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"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 38 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.
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."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, December 2018 (2018 Vintage)
"An outstanding expression of the variety, the elegantly perfumed bouquet shows tropical fruit, stone fruit, rose petal and subtle spice aromas, followed by a gracefully styled palate that is succulent and fleshy. The wine exhibits lovely fruit purity and intensity, backed by silky mouthfeel and refreshing acidity. Youthfully charming, this is promising to evolve graciously. Style: Off-dry. At its best: now to 2028. Certified organic."
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, December 2018 (2018 Vintage)
"No mistaking the floral, fruit and spice combinations in the bouquet. Fragrances of white peach, apple and lemon, fresh lychee, roses and a hint of ginger spice. Soft and silky palate textures with a core of fruit, residual sweetness and warming alcohol creating a synergy of lusciousness, length and appeal. Persistent and flavourful, lengthy and juicy with medium acidity and medium+ weight. Drink now and through 2022. A great wine for Duck Confit, Pork Cutlet or Tofu Laksa."