Riesling from Marlborough? Well it’s not the obvious go to region for this grape but here’s one we could not let slide past. Tupari are a boutique winery doing great things with pristine fruit from the Marlborough region. This wine is best paired with some spicy Asian dishes to revel in its citrus core and refreshing acids. It’s a textured white that exudes a mineral expression before finishing dry.
The Tupari Riesling block is situated on a thin
terrace stretching along the top of the cliff
face with magnificent valley views. Warm days
and cool nights combined to create this wine’s
distinguishing mineral character and rich flavours
typical of the Awatere Valley. Following harvest in
the cool of the night, the gently pressed juice was
carefully fermented and the process suspended
with only a few grams of sugar remaining.
As a pure expression of the variety, the 2011 Tupari Dry Riesling is a
finely textured, single vineyard wine with rich flavours and complexity,
underpinned by a lingering crisp mineral finish.
Food match - A definitive food wine and ideal companion for freshly shucked oysters,
tempura or grilled fish.
Cheese match - When the Riesling is young, match with a young and firm camembert
or brie, goats cheese or chevre.
Region: Awatere Valley, Marlborough,
Colour: Pale straw with green hints.
Aroma: Bright citrus aromas of lemon and
lime with a distinct mineral note.
Palate: The palate shows varietal
characters of lemon and lime. The
wine displays mineral notes and good
fruit weight following through with
complementary well-balanced acidity and a
fresh, crisp finish.
Cellaring: Crafted as an immediate drinking
style, but will develop additional complexity
over the next 2 to 3 years.
Awards and Accolade
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
Bronze - New Zealand Royal Easter Show 2012
Commended - International Wine Competition (IWC) 2012