Angus Thomson sold his family’s farm near Forres in Scotland in 2003, and with young family in tow, upped sticks and moved about as far away as possible to the Wairarapa region on the southern coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Here, he planted a small farm intended to be as environmentally sustainable as possible and to be the perfect family home, the first vintage taking place in 2007. We were delighted to welcome Angus’ excellent wines into our portfolio in 2010, a year which also saw the Urlar farm gain full organic accreditation from that years vintage. Urlar means ‘The Earth’ in Gaelic and is wonderfully representative of the approach and techniques used by Angus to grow wines with true varietal expression, in harmony with the farm’s beautiful environment.
Other wines by this producer
An enticing nose of ripe red fruits which combine beautifully with flavours of sweet dark plums intermingled with savoury notes and exotic spices. This wine is elegant and refined but with real weight and power.
An opulent dry styled wine with aromas of sweet pear, honeysuckle and stonefruit overlaying a generous mouth feel of great weight and depth. The creamy texture on the palate from the lees stirring provides the backbone to a long and lingering finish. An elegant wine with a beautiful balance that will reward cellaring up to five years.
This delivers zesty gooseberry, capsicum and lime flavours with a hint of passionfruit. While it remains a distinctively New Zealand sauvignon blanc the palate is full with great weight and length.