The Te Whare Ra vineyard was originally planted by Joyce and Allen Hogan in 1979, this was the first boutique, small, privately winery to be established. The vines they planted were grafted, which meant that when phylloxera took out all the earlier vineyards (first plantings in the region were in 1973) so Te Whare Ra’s surviving original vines – Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer – are now the oldest vines in Marlborough. Jason and Anna Flowerday purchased the vineyard in 2003, and while they’ve kept some of the existing vineyard, they’ve also planted Sauvignon Blanc (there was none here) and Pinot Noir. The Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc is made from fruit from both the Trelawne and Te Whare Ra vineyards.
Concentrated, fresh and subtly herbal with some sweet pear and citrus fruit, with an underlaying richness. Lovely texture and depth.