Toru (which means “three” in Maori) is an aromatic blend we first created 12 yrs ago and was the first of its kind in New Zealand. This certified-organic, biodynamic wine a delicious, co-fermented “field blend” of three varieties: Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris. We are passionate about these classic Alsatian varieties and we spent a great deal of time coming up with the right proportions in the blend. We were aiming for a wine that displayed the essence of all three varieties, whilst creating a distinctive and interesting wine in its own right. It has the aromatic spice and weight of Gewürztraminer, the structure and length of Riesling, and the great texture of Pinot Gris. This rendition is 66% Gewürztraminer, 24% Riesling and 10% Pinot Gris.
All fruit for this wine was hand-picked and then hand-sorted. All parcels were destemmed, crushed and then pressed, some parcels had lengthier skin-contact time. The wine was all co-fermented. All parcels spent considerable time on lees after ferment for added texture & complexity. Cofermentation is a key part of making Toru as it makes the three varieties much more integrated with each other. This wine has not been fined and is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and anyone who loves great, honest wine with a sense of personality and place. Alcohol 13.3%; TA 5.4 g/L; R/S 8g/L.
And what about the 2017 harvest? In the spring of 2016 we experienced some wet weather over flowering, which adversely affected fruit set and reduced our crops by up to 30%. The later part of the growing season was more a return to the long term average after two very warm seasons in 2015 and 2016. Vintage 2017 had some potential challenges, with the tail end of two cyclones which brought some significant rains to the region. But our careful yield management combined with meticulous canopy management, meant that our vines produced ripe flavours and were ripe before the arrival of the big rain events. We had all our fruit off early and had some of the cleanest fruit we have ever seen. The resultant wines are finer boned than the 2016s with more moderate alcohols but with great purity of fruit, bright aromatics and ripe, juicy acidity.
The 2017 TWR Toru is intensely perfumed, this wine has an intriguing nose with notes of mango, fresh citrus, white florals and exotic spices. These lead into a multi-layered palate with flavours of mango, citrus, red apple and lychee with a lingering spiciness. The palate has excellent fruit concentration and weight with a lovely creamy texture and a mineral edge which gives it great length of flavour. - Anna Flowerday, TWR