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Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tupari ‘Awatere’ Dry Riesling 2011

Grape Variety: 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 grapes allow 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°C.
Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the next 18-24 months.
Perfect wine match with fresh shellfish, tempura prawns, fish kebabs and a fresh summer salad, enjoy.
This wine will bring a smile to your taste buds.

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