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Thursday
Jun212012

{Terra Ignota} Get Kiwi Savvy on Sauvignon Blanc Day!

Te Whare Ra, Marlborough NZBy Jim Chanteloup | K&L NZ Wine Buyer

"Sauvignon Blanc is a strange grape. It evokes strong reactions. Those who love it, love it with a passion. Those who find its flavours less than subtle, tend to be less than subtle in their criticism of it." -Jancis Robinson

Can you tell the difference between Marlborough and Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc? Tasted blind, you might not be able to guess that latter was also from New Zealand. Under the right conditions, Sauvignon Blanc is a superb example of terroir, and nowhere is this trait more obvious than in New Zealand itself, where Sauvignon Blanc is king. While the region of Marlborough has become synonymous with the benchmark Kiwi style, you will find quite a different expression in New Zealand's more under-the-radar winegrowing regions, depending on factors of microclimate and soil-type.  

If you are curious about learning more about the varietal traits of Sauvignon Blanc, or have ambitions to one day become a Master of Wine like Jancis Robinson, do yourself a favor and get "Kiwi Savvy" by checking out the stylistic difference from Marlborough, Martinborough and Nelson with these wines recommended below. All three represent great character from their respective regions within New Zealand.

2011 Craggy Range "Te Muna Road" Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough ($18.99)

The limestone soils of Craggy Range's Te Muna Road vineyard in Martinborough lend minerality and elegance to this sophisticated single-vineyard Sauvignon Blanc from one of New Zealand's most esteemed producers. Fermented in 100% stainless steel and aged briefly for three months in used French oak, the 2011 exhibits classic Te Muna chalky minerality, which underscores inherently crisp citrus and green apple aromas and flavors accent by note of fresh cut hay and flowering herbs. Tangy acidity and a fleshy midpalate lead toward a focused finish. Enjoy this dry, refreshing, classic Martinborough SB with fresh seafood!

2011 Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand ($18.99)

Te Whare Ra is a small, organic, family-run winery in Marlborough's Wairau Valley that we loved so much that we decided to import them directly! That means more bang for your buck. Their Sauvignon Blanc combines tropical passion fruit and lychee notes with cooler qualities of elderflower, citrus and gooseberry from the Awatere fruit. Great mid-palate texture and fresh, yet restrained, acidity on the finish.

2011 Neudorf Sauvignon Blanc Nelson ($16.99)

Neudorf Sauvignons are dry, with concentration and length reflecting low cropping rates, and a degree of mid palate texture and creaminess from a portion of (neutral) barrel ferment. This is intense and highly aromatic, with zesty blackcurrants, pineapple guava and lime aroma and flavors, and a touch of  flinty minerality. A textured entry leads to a palate that is smooth and round in the mouth, with a full creamy finish.

Ok, now that you're officially "Kiwi Savvy," it's time to raise a glass and join todays global tasting on Sauvignon Blanc Day!

Cheers,

-JC

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June 21, 2012: Sauvignon Blanc Day Global Tasting

Taste with K&L and Sauvignon Blanc fans worldwide on Twitter! Pop open a bottle of your favorite Sauv Blanc, or buy a bottle of something new to try. Pour some wine and join the conversation on Twitter by tagging posts about your wine selections with #SauvBlanc. 

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Terra Ignota is Latin for "Unknown Land". It was the name for the South Pacific region during intial mapping and exploration of Australia and New Zealand. As we are going to be exploring new and exciting wines from this region, we think this is a fitting title for our blog series on wines from this part of the world. Stay tuned for more!

 

Shop the Blanc: Check out our complete selection of over 200 Sauvignon Blancs in stock now on KLWines.com!

Tuesday
Jun052012

{Terra Ignota}: Te Whare Ra - K&L's First Direct Import from the Land of the Long White Cloud

 

Te Whare Ra, is a small, organic, family-run winery in the Wairau Valley of Marlborough.

Te Whare Ra (pronounced “Tea Far-ee Ra”, from Maori meaning “The House in the Sun”) is one of the premier boutique wineries in Marlborough and has some of the oldest vines in the area dating back to the 70’s. Since 2003, it has been owned and operated by Jason and Anna Flowerday. Both are winemakers by trade; Jason is a local to Marlborough and Anna is from McClaren Vale in Australia. The two were destined to have a winery of their own, and Te Whare Ra (TWR) is a culmination of their passion and dedication to quality.

Jason and Anna Flowerday

During some time in Marlborough last year my wife and I stumbled upon TWR. We were looking for small boutique wineries and personally gravitate toward organic/Biodynamic producers. We pulled into the front of the winery but everything looked closed. We rang the bell and Anna answered the door. We chatted a while and she explained that their first pick for the 2011 vintage was happening the next day and they had closed the tasting room to prepare the winery for harvest. Thankfully she offered to pour us some wines anyway and I was immediately stunned by the quality of all the wines.  After the tasting she took us for a wander through the winery and crushpad. Jason joined us and we talked about their viticulture, winemaking style and general philosophy. 

View of the Crush Pad and Individual Berry Sorting at Te Whare Ra

I was amazed by the small scale of production and extreme hands-on, detail-oriented winemaking they employ. The vineyards are farmed meticulously using organic and biodynamic methods. They even have their own cows for manure and other Bio preps. They are members of Organic Winegrowers NZ and are soon to be Bio-Gro certified. Most of the fruit is hand-picked and sorted. The Pinot is then de-stemmed and resorted by the individual berry! Fermentation is done in one-ton open fermenters for gentle extraction and finesse.

Jason Hand Plunging the Pinot Noir

Seeing and hearing all this made perfect sense after tasting the wines. Jason and Anna’s careful hand crafting and obsessive attention to detail define these wines; they are truly distinctive, expressing quality, purity, a dynamic sense of place, and a great thread of textural complexity and detail that shows though in every wine. We exchanged contact info, picked up a couple bottles to give to our Kiwi hosts and left vowing to tell any that would listen about how special these wines were. On returning to the US and getting my position with K&L I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for K&L's first serious collaboration with a single boutique producer from New Zealand through our Direct Import program. 

This is just was just the beginning as we continue to expand our offerings that already include: Oakridge, Dalwhinnie, Te Mata Estate and Waterkloof. You can also look forward to many more Direct Imports in the future!

 

Here is what we have in stock now, ready for you to try. Click on the links to learn more:

 2011 Te Whare Ra “D” Riesling Marlborough (Dry)* ($18.99)

Elegantly floral with a complex palate of concentrated citrus, with Kaffir lime and grapefruit. Zesty acid keeps the mineral laden finish snappy. 1,026 cases made.

 2012 Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough* ($18.99)

Combining tropical passion fruit and lychee notes with cooler qualities of elderflower, citrus and gooseberry from the Awatere fruit. Great mid-palate texture and fresh, yet restrained, acidity on the finish. More concentrated than the 2011 vintage due to low yields and meticulous fruit selection.

 2011 Te Whare Ra Chardonnay Marlborough* ($24.99)

Very Burgundian in weight and texture. The palate is packed with orchard and stone fruits. Beautiful texture and richness with perfect balance. Oak is well integrated with rich toasty notes of creamy hazelnuts and fresh ground grains leading into spicy elegant finish.

91+ RP: "The 2011 Chardonnay is scented of white peaches, lemon curd and baking bread with hints of almonds, gingersnaps and orange blossom. Medium to full bodied, there's just a suggestion of oak complimenting the stone fruit and toasty flavors with refreshing acidity, a silken texture and a nice long finish. Drink this one now to 2016."

 2011 Te Whare Ra Gewürztraminer Marlborough* ($18.99)

Crushed rocks and flowers! Overtly floral, but with serious mineral qualities. A big, rich and textural Gewürtz. Exotic Asian spice and tropical fruit dominate the palate. 510 cases made.

 2011 Te Whare Ra Pinot Noir Marlborough* ($24.99)

Beautiful strawberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose. In the mouth soft red and dark fruits. The typical bright, crunchy Marlborough acidity is balanced with rich savory undertones and depth from the old vines. 450 cases made.

After tasting each wine many times it still amazes me how this marriage of winemakers can excel with every grape variety that graces their estate. These are truly special wines. I hope you will try them!

The Flowerdays

Cheers!

- Ryan Woodhouse, NZ / Aussie Specialist

 

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 Terra Ignota is Latin for "Unknown Land". It was the name for the South Pacific region during intial mapping and exploration of Australia and New Zealand. As we are going to be exploring new and exciting wines from this region, we think this is a fitting title for our blog series on wines from this part of the world. Stay tuned for more!


Wednesday
Oct262011

Too Expensive for a White Wine? The Dagueneau 2009's Are Here!

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Silex" Pouilly-Fumé By: Eric Story | K&L Loire Valley Wine Buyer

Don’t let yourself be fooled. Ask any winemaker and he/she will tell you that the process of making white wine is by far one of the most difficult things a winemaker can do. To create white wines that are considered world class and some of the most prestigious wines to ever be bottled is quite a feat indeed. 

This is what happens with Sauvignon Blanc at Domaine Didier Dagueneau in France's Loire Valley. Didier's son Benjamin took over for his father’s untimely death back in 2008. Since then he has not only filled the huge shoes that his father left behind, but has begun lacing up a bigger pair. This kid is frustratingly talented (I say that because he is younger than me) and is making legendary wines from the place where he was born, raised, respects and is proud to show off.

Here is a quick rundown of the different cuvées:

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Silex" Pouilly-Fumé ($109.99)

Produced from vines ranging in age from 15-50 years old planted high on the slopes of Saint Andelain (the highest village in the Pouilly-Fume appellation) and only from vineyard plots that have an extremely high content of silex. The vines are cropped to produce much lower yields than most. The juice is then barrel fermented and then aged in the famous Dagueneau cigar barrels. Since there is a much lower clay content in the soils, this wine is typically much more austere in its youth and needs a fair amount of time to come into itself. This is considered the Domain’s top wine and often referred to as their “Grand Cru”.

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Buisson Renard" Pouilly Fumé ($89.99)

Produced from vines from a single plot located mid-slope on the southwest side of Saint Andelain. The soil here is a nearly perfect and harmonious mixture of clay and silex. It is barrel fermented and aged in mostly neutral 450 and 600 liter barrels. This site was formally known as Buisson Menard until a French journalist committed the mistake of calling is Buisson Renard and it has been known as such since.  

 

 

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Pur Sang" Pouilly-Fumé

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Pur Sang" Pouilly-Fumé ($79.99)

This is made mostly from a south/southwest vineyard site called “La Folie” which is located just north of Saint Andelain. There is a very small percentage of silex here but the soils are deep and contain rich clay with some chalky limestone. The wines are then treated very much in the same way as the “Silex” cuvée. This is typically the most popular cuvée from the domaine.

 

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Blanc Fumé de Pouilly"

2009 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Blanc Fumé de Pouilly" ($64.99) 

This is the “entry level” cuvée – if there is such a thing. Produced from younger vine plots not actually on the hill of Saint Andelain. The entire purpose of this wine is to show off the pure expression of Sauvignon Blanc from the typical Pouilly Fumé terroir. Always a good showing of up front minerals and citrus with plenty of supporting weight coming through the finish.