Grape Varietal: 100% Riesling
Growing Region: Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Glenn Thomas

The Tupari vineyard is situated at an elevation of 150m on north-facing river flats overlooking the braided Awatere River, in the southern part of Marlborough. It’s here that the Turnbull family and Glenn Thomas work with the unique ‘terroir’ of the Awatere valley's terraces to harness and express the special characteristics from this site.
These carefully nurtured Riesling grape vines allows Glenn to create a sophisticated, elegant wine, with a finely tuned structure.

 

The thin silty-loam, river-run gravels, are a harsh environment for any grape vine. The gorge heats up on windless days, but as evening approaches a sea breeze flows up the valley and cools the air.
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, this Tupari Dry Riesling sourced from a single vineyard - has a silky texture, with rich flavours and complexity, underpinned by a pleasing mineral character.
In the glass you have a pale straw colour with green tints to the edge. On the nose bright citrus notes, with sweet lime and a touch of spice and elderflower. The palate shows distinct varietal characters of ripe limes and grapefruit. At the heart you have crisp, bright fruits following through, with complementary well-balanced natural acidity, mineral seams and a fresh, lively finish. Chill and serve at 8-10°C.

This wine will bring a smile to your taste buds.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the next 18-24 months.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with fresh shellfish, tempura prawns, fish kebabs and a fresh summer salad, enjoy.