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

I recently caught up with Glenn in Blenheim - where we sampled several wines including the new vintage (still in tank and barrel) along with this outstanding 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. Tupari Wines is a small artisan vineyard located in the 'Awatere Valley' of Marlborough in the South Island of New Zealand. The vineyard takes its name from the dramatic cliffs forming the Upper Awatere Valley where the Turnbull family and pioneering winemaker Glenn Thomas have collaborated to create wines of distinction.

 

The vineyard is situated on north-facing river flats overlooking the braided Awatere River. As in previous years Glenn has crafted a sophisticated, elegant wine displaying striking flavour intensity with good structure and balance. This single-vineyard wine comes from two distinct sites - the minerality from the 'Boulder' block and the lively fruit characters from 'Campers Flat' block are combined in a wine with balanced complexity.
The grapes for this wine were harvested as two separate parcels before being gently pressed. Glenn selected two specific yeast strains to add layers of flavour, and 10% of the wine was placed in well seasoned oak barrels to create textual complexity. The wine was then left on the lees for 6 months, stirred weekly to enhance the texture of the mid palate.
In the glass you will find a pale straw colour with green hints. On the nose the wine shows white peach and subtle passion-fruit notes and a distinct mineral quality which is the hallmarks of this wine. The portion of oak combined with extended time on lees has created a palate that is plentiful and showing mineral and citrus flavours on the finish. Chill and serve at 9-10ºC.

A distinct mineral quality.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and over the next 12 months.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with shellfish, river trout, grilled whole snapper and a fresh summer salad, enjoy.