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Tupari 2013 Dry Riesling and Pinot Gris

13 December,2013
Tupari is the artisan upper Awatere Valley vineyard and winegrowing venture established by David Turnbull and winemaker Glenn Thomas. The Tupari vineyard was planted in 2002 on the site of an old apple orchard with a favourable northerly aspect. The different varieties are planted to different sections and soils. Sauvignon Blanc is planted on the ‘Boulder Block’ and ‘Camper Flat’ areas, Pinot Noir on clay-influenced gravels, with Pinot Gris and Riesling on top of a cliff face. David’s daughter Olivia is responsible for sales. David’s son Heath manages the vineyard with him, and Heath’s wife Eliza is responsible for marketing. Glenn Thomas, one of the pioneering Awatere winemakers oversees the winemaking. Only approx. 2,500 cases are made annually. Here, I review the new 2013 Dry Riesling and Pinot Gris.


Tupari Awatere Valley Marlborough Dry Riesling 2013

Riesling from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour, pale on rim. The bouquet is fresh and elegantly concentrated with deep aromas of lime fruit entwined with white florals, unfolding soft nuances of honey and jasmine and mouthwatering mineral elements. Off-dry to taste, vibrantly sweet and up-front fruit flavours of limes and lemons grow to form a rounded and concentrated core and palate line. Subtly rich honeysuckle and jasmine nuances add some exotic detail. The mouthfeel is bright, lively and refreshing with good acid energy, and the flavours flow smoothly to a soft, lingering finish of citrus fruits and florals. This is a classical off-dry Riesling with soft acidity and exotic nuances to the lime and lemon fruit flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 4-5 years. Riesling fruit from vines from the top of the Tupari cliff face, fermented to 11.0% alc. and 8.0 g/L RS. 18.0/20 Dec 2013 RRP $27.00

Tupari Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

Pinot Gris from the top of the Tupari cliff face, given a little skin contact and fermented to 13.0% alc. and 7.4 g/L RS. Bright, even and full, pale straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on edge. This has a softly full nose with densely packed aromas of yellow florals and stonefruits infused with subtle exotic spice nuances and honeysuckle, along with fresh, lifted esters elements. Off-dry to taste, harmoniously intermixed flavours of ripe stonefruits, yellow florals, honey and delicate spice notes form a soft, smoothly textured core to the palate. The acidity is discreet and adds to the rounded, near luscious and unctuous flow across the palate. The phenolic textures are very refined and there is gentle, but positive drive and energy carrying the flavours to a long, sustained floral and honied finish. This is a soft-textured and smooth off-dry Pinot Gris with exotic and aromatic fruitiness. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4 years. 18.0+/20 Dec 2013 RRP $27.00
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