Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Awatere Valley, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Glenn Thomas

Tupari make very confident wines - and once I heard that Glenn was ready to craft a Pinot Noir from his Awatere Valley vines - my taste buds came to attention. This 2011 is their first release of Pinot Noir - as they have waited 8 years for the vines to develop enough vine age to produce the quality of wine that Tupari is known. The Pinot Noir fruit comes from a block that has clay bound gravels which produces wine with body and colour. This was ensured by careful shoot and bunch thinning for low yields, using the Pinot Noir clone 777 which is a Dijon clone selected for quality.

 

For this wine they harvested the fruit at perfect ripeness with just a hint of berry shrivelling. At the winery Glenn cold soaked the bunches for 4 days before ferment to extract primary colour and soft, balanced tannins. Fermentation reached 34ºC in the cap and the wine was plunged 4 to 6 times a day. After fermentation and pressing the wine was placed into French oak barrels (25% being new). After bottling, the wine was rested for some time before releasing, so that it drinks beautifully well once opened.
In the glass you are greeted with a deep, ruby red colour. On the nose this Tupari Pinot Noir has a captivating fragrant style with bright cherries and spiced plum notes. The palate is generous and mouth filling with spice and savoury characters, enveloped in soft, silky and lingering tannins - giving the wine a very pleasing finish. Decant for 30-45 minutes and serve at 15-17ºC.

An early drinking Pinot Noir with elegance.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and will age well for another 2-3 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with seared tuna, pork, even a wild mushroom risotto, plus mild or creamy cheeses, enjoy.