Rosé Reviews

2017 Vintage

Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier October 2017

Light pink with a hint of salmon oil hues. Aromas and flavours of light red fruits with cherry and cranberry leading, suggestions of raspberry and a light herb note adding flavour. Dry with plenty of acidity, refreshing and delicate.  Drink now and through 2019.


New Zealand Wine Directory October 2017

Strawberries & sweet lolly nose, fresh, crisp palate of strawberries with a long dry finish – chill slightly – not too much! Match with smoked Salmon on a cracker! Summer Evening Sip


Bob Campbell Rosé Tastings October 2017

Pretty pale-pink rosé with gentle watermelon and cherry flavours. Subtle sweetness prevents the wine from being too austere while fruity acidity stops any suggestion of cloying. A charming wine in a deliciously drinkable style 13/10/2017

Sauvignon Blanc ‘Boulder Rows’ Reviews

2015 Vintage

2018 Decanter World Wine Awards – Platinum

Pronounced nose of honey, lime marmalade, kiwi, pink grapefruit, cold smoke and baking spices from oak fermentation. Full-bodied palate with sweet herb, tropical fruit, preserved lemon and peach moments: plenty of acidity and flavours, allied to a lovely silky texture — balanced , well made and very toothsome indeed!

New Zealand Wine Directory – June 2018 Tasting

Sunday Savvy Sip… Tupari Wines “Boulder Rows” Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 from the #Awatere Valley in #Marlborough – Soft green-gold in colour, a little oily in viscosity, intense nose of ripe tropical fruit and that “Awatere armpit” savoury note! Great body with a creamy mouthfeel, underpinned by bright acidity, rich tropical fruit flavours, and one of the longest ever finishes! A stunner – No wonder it was awarded Platinum at Decanter World Wine Awards recently!


2014 Vintage

WineState Review 2015 Marlborough Tastings – 3.5 Stars *** 1/2

Maturing gracefully, this barrel-fermented wine is weighty and lively, with peach, melon and capsicum flavours, showing considerable complexity, and a finely textured, lengthy finish

Sauvignon Blanc Reviews

2016 Vintage

Bob Campbell 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Tasting : Awarded 5 Stars – GOLD (95 points)

Concentrated sauvignon blanc with passionfruit and ripe tree fruit flavours contrasting with grassy, mineral and gooseberry flavours. The wine achieves an attractive sweet-and-sour tension, with vibrant acidity helping drive a lengthy finish. Very impressive 23/8/2017

2013 Vintage

WineState 2015 Marlborough Tastings 3 Stars ***

Developed but still lively, with generous, slightly toasty flavours showing a hint of ‘canned peas’ and a touch of complexity

2012 Vintage

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Awarded: 18/20
“The bouquet is full with good volume and a dense core … classically Awatere in expression, unfolding ethereal lantana elements and steely minerals … Dry to taste and elegant in proportion … This has a firm and finely textured line with excellent drive, along with ripe acidity in support. The mouthfeel is lively and brisk, and the acidity carries the flavour to a very long, dry finish. This is a tightly bound, firmly driven, classical Awatere Valley Sauvignon that will unfold over the next 2-3 years.” 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Tasting
Awarded: 4 Stars
“Another fine example from the 2012 vintage with wonderful, clean fruit being distinctive. The flavours are passionfruit with an undercurrent of gooseberry and capsicum whilst the acidity is crisp and fresh.”

2011 Vintage

Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013, Michael Cooper
Awarded: 4.5 Stars
“The 2011 vintage was partly oak-matured (10 per cent was handled in old barrels). It’s a weighty, finely textured wine, with ripe grapefruit and lime flavours, subtle, leesy and complex, and a very long, dry finish. Full of interest, it’s a tightly structured food wine, for drinking now or cellaring.”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Score: 90/100
“This is a beautifully ripe and generous, displaying white peach, feijoa and herbaceous characters on the nose. The palate is concentrated and richly textured with lovely fruit intensity and beautifully integrated acidity, finishing long and succulent. Very likeable.”

The Wine Front, Mike Bennie
Score: 90/100
“Hyper-aromatic style, but attractive, fruit-driven and pure. There’s some razor-sliced-white-peach flavours in the palate with a bracing acid skeleton and fine, granite-like mineral tension. It’s sweet fruited to taste, but whips the palate clean. … Tightly wound, very youthful, more serious. Good stuff.”

Good Wine Guide, Nick Stock
Score: 90 Points
“Restrained and subdued aromas of tropical fruits and citrus flashes. A dab of textural finesse here with stony poise and a nectarine and stone fruit finish.”

2010 Vintage

Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine Aug/Sept 2011
Score: 95/100
“Showing the typical concentration of Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc with appealing passion fruit, green capsicum, nettle and lemon grass flavours. A thread of fruity acidity gives the wine energy and focus while driving a lengthy finish. Serious Sauvignon with character.

Michael Cooper, Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012
Score: 5 Stars
“The 2010 vintage is an authoritative wine, richly scented, sweet-fruited and minerally, with gooseberry/lime flavours that show lovely drive, delicacy and depth. Classy stuff.”

Sue Courtney’s Wine Blog
“Sometimes we just need reminding that there are some great things in life. And a world class New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc like Tupari Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc is one of them. This is a must-try wine.”

Pinot Gris Reviews

2016 Vintage

Bob Campbell Tastings – 4 Stars **** Silver 92 Points

Aromatic, flavoursome wine, with apple and pear flavours together with a suggestion of root ginger from yeast lees contact. Quite fresh with good integration from a little bottle age. A dry and slightly peppery wine that’s probably in peak drinking form right now 07 AUG 2018

2015 Vintage

WineState Review 2015 Marlborough Tastings – 3 Stars ***

Fresh, balanced and lively, with an aromatic, appley, spicy bouquet, fresh acidity and ripe, smooth flavours

2014 Vintage

Score: 4 Stars
“Fleshy, mouthfilling wine from the Awatere Valley, with concentrated, ripe, stonefruit flavours, an oily texture and a dryish finish.  Freshly scented, with good delicacy and harmony.”

2013 Vintage

Cuisine Magazine March Issue 2014
Awarded: NZ’s Top Pinot Gris – 5 Stars
“Our top wine argues convincingly that pinot gris can indeed be a many-layered, satisfying drop. Its settled, balanced structure allows the fruit to speak with clarity. Attractive apple, honeydew melon and cinnamon notes ring out, harmonising well with an underlying flintiness – perfect with seared calamari with a slightly sweet soy glaze.”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2014
Score: 5 stars
“This is a stunning beauty. Elegant and refined, the pristine bouquet shows white peach, pear and floral with a hint of spice notes. It’s concentrated and focused on the palate with delicate texture, beautifully framed by bright acidity. A fabulous expression offering plenty of charm. At its best: now to 2018.”

Raymond Chan, December 2013
Score 4 stars
“This is a soft-textured and smooth off-dry Pinot Gris with exotic and aromatic fruitiness.”

2012 Vintage

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2013
Score: 5 stars
“It’s silky smooth and flavoursome with excellent fruit concentration and balance, beautifully supported by perfumed aromas of pear, peach, floral and a hint of spice. The wine is immediately appealing as it shows loads of tasty flavours. It will develop nicely too. At its best: now to 2016.”

2011 Vintage

Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine Aug/Sept 2012
Score: 92/100
“A rich and creamy pinot gris with an appealing mix of pure pear with bready yeast lees and a touch of honey. Very seductive wine in a medium to medium-dry style. Silken textures, with a lovely lingering finish.”

Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013, Michael Cooper
Score: 4.5 Stars
“The 2011,harvested at 24 brix, is mouthfilling (14 per cent alcohol) and slightly minerally, with strong, vibrant stone-fruit and spice flavours, a sliver of sweetness (7 grams/litre of residual sugar), and excellent harmony and concentration.”

2010 Vintage

Cuisine Magazine March Issue 2011
Awarded: Top Dry Pinot Gris – 5 Stars
“Our top dry Pinot Gris has an engaging clean, crisp presence. Stone fruit flavours and a hint of celery step out of a generous fruit serving; the texture is fleshy yet has backbone. Try it with crayfish and a dash of Dijon mustard.”

Michael Cooper, Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012
Score: 5 stars
“Enticingly scented, it is full-bodied, with concentrated stone-fruit and spice flavours, showing lovely delicacy, depth and harmony. Drink now or cellar.”

James Halliday’s ‘Wine Companion Magazine’, November 2011
Score: 94 points
“Bright colour, the bouquet is awash with ripe pear, quince, candied orange peel and bath talc aromas, the palate is off-dry and shows depth and concentration, with a persistent, generous and beautifully focused delivery from start to finish, an excellent example of Pinot Gris.”

The Canberra Times (Australia) December 2010 – Chirs Shanahan
“Tupari vineyard sits at 150-200 metres above sea level in the Awatere Valley, to the southwest of Marlborough’s better known Wairau Valley. The site’s cool growing season, abundant sunlight and large diurnal temperature range seem to suit pinot gris as this one’s stunning. It’s a big, generous, but vital wine, high in alcohol, richly textured and dripping with vivid, pear-like varietal flavour. Despite its size, the natural high acidity keeps it fresh and invites another sip.”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit March 2011
Score: 5 stars
“It’s hard to find a dry Pinot Gris with fruit concentration and textured mouthfeel. Here is one that will satisfy those who are looking for a high quality dry Pinot Gris. The nose is varietaly pure, displaying pear, apricot and citrus characters. It’s tightly focussed and juicey on the palate with bright acidity and lingering fine finish. The wine is delicately fruity and beautifully weighted.”

Riesling Reviews

2016 Vintage


Bob Campbell Riesling Tastings 2017 –  4 Stars

Moderately sweet riesling with steely citrus, lime and grapefruit flavours, plus a suggestion of wet stone mineral character. Sweetness is perfectly balanced by fruity acidity. An intense wine with good development potential 25/1/2017

Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier May 2017 92 Points

Fresh, distinctive bouquet of Riesling with aromas of green apple and lemon, a soft satiny almost silty mineral and hay layer, some floral moments. On the palate – off dry with some sweetness then contrasted well by crisp textures of acidity, lemon and apple flavours, some minerality and a lengthy finish. Nicely poised for further ageing. Drink now and through 2025.

New Zealand Wine Directory October 2017

I love Riesling at all ends of the sweetness spectrum! This is a pale gold colour with hints of green, a lovely floral nose of honey, lemons & limes, more juicy citrus fruit on the palate with a wonderful balance of sweetness and acidity leading into a sweet but crisp long finish! Gorgeous!


2013 Vintage

WineState Review 2015 Marlborough Tastings – 4 Stars ****

Toasty, bottle-aged style from the Awatere Valley, with crisp, dryish, lemon/lime flavours, showing good complexity


2012 Vintage

WineState Magazine, July/August 2013
Score: 4 Stars
“Scented, medium-bodied style with strong, citrusy, slightly spicy flavours, very good freshness and drive through the palate and a crisp, long finish.”

Raymond Chan Riesling from New Zealand 2014 Review – 16.5/20

Bright pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, light edged. The nose is elegant and delicate with subtle aromas of lime, toast, homey and cream, the fruit showing some secondary development, unfolding oxidative nutty nuances. Dry to taste and light-bodied, the flavours are a little shy, with lime fruit, minerals, toast and traces of oxidative complexities. The fruit follows a soft core and line, with gentle acidity providing subtle lift and liveliness. The wine leads to a light, mouthwatering, dry finish with honey and toast elements. This is a light, delicately flavoured dry Riesling showing some toasty development. Serve as an aperitif over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the cliff top site of the Tupari vineyard, fermented to 11.5% alc. and 7 g/L RS, TA 8.0 g/L.

2011 Vintage

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Score: 91/100
“Pure and delicate, the youthful bouquet shows floral, lemon/lime, green apple and a hint of flinty characters. The palate is racy and taut with fine texture and lovely fruit weight, leading to an extremely long juicy finish. Very promising with lovely harmony and poise.” 2012 Aromatics Tasting
Score: 4 Stars
“Distinctively dry … and an excellent example of this style. Citrus and kerosene on the nose with decent fruit in palate as well as bold acidity and the dry finish. Clean and crisp.”

2010 Vintage 2010 Riesling Tasting
Score: 5 Stars
“Overall our favourite riesling in the tasting. It has lovely lifted florals of honeysuckle and peaches. In the palate there are limes and more peaches with strong acidity. Good now but even better in time.”

Michael Coopers Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012
Score: 4.5 Stars
“The classy 2010 vintage is a generous dry style, weighty and finely textured, with concentrated, citrusy flavours, pear and spice notes, a minerally streak and gentle acidity. It’s a very harmonious wine, already drinking well.”

Yvonne Lorkin, Wine and Food Creative, August 2011
“Delicious aromas of dandelion, talc, waxy appleskin, chalk and clean limey notes. Already a Pure Gold Medal winner at the 2010 Air NZ Wine Awards, this Marlborough example is a crisp, linear wine with good characher and enduring length of flavour.”

Pinot Noir Reviews

2014 Vintage

Cameron Douglas “The Shout” Pinot Noir Tasting March 2016 

Very crisp, firm and almost steely red fruited bouquet – fresh, tart cranberry and ripe red cherry suggestions, fine light herb savoury layer. On the palate – a light to moderate weighted wine with a soft sweet core of fruit reflecting cherry and cranberry flavours; fine very approachable tannins and medium++ acidity;  Youthful, fresh lively and balanced example.

2012 Vintage

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Score: 4 Stars
“This has a soft, open and bright fruited nose of dark red berry fruits with a gentle underlay of herbs and coolish stalk elements. Attractive red florals emerge in the glass. Medium-bodied, lush and succulent red berry fruits feature on the palate, with some herbal nuances alongside red floral notes. The mouthfeel is supple with soft tannin extraction and fresh, lacy acidity enlivening a moderately concentrated core with some firmness and good linearity. The wine carries through to a dry, tight, lingering finish. This is a supple and succulent dark red fruited Pinot Noir with a soft herbal underlay and a dry line.”

2011 Vintage

Good Wine Guide 2013, Nick Stock
Score: 92 Points
“A brash confident style that has plenty of toasty mocha-scented oak in the mix, some ripe cherry and strawberry fruit here too – a sassy style. The palate delivers a smooth flavoursome entry that builds with layers of soft and silky tannins and a bright upbeat finish.”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
“It’s beautifully expressed on the nose displaying red/black cherry, floral and subtle game characters. The palate is succulent and rounded with lovely mid palate weight and texture, finishing long and juicy. A youthful charmer showing plenty of appeal already. At its best: now to 2015.”

Late Harvest Riesling Reviews

2017 Vintage

Judges comments from the 2018 Sydney International Wine Competition

Mike de Garis, Second Term Panellist 2019 Competition

“Lemon citrus, slight floral lift. Lemon spice, hard acid overrides RS, zingy finish. Food : makes the wine more moreish, adds to the flavour length.”

Martin Moran, Second Term Panellist 2019 Competition

“A lighter type of sweet wine with aromas of ripe apple, honey and lemon and interestingly the dish seems to add richness to the wine.”

Martin Williams, Fourth Term Panellist 2019 Competition

“Bright pale straw colour. Fine lemon-lime blossom and zest aromas, very clean and fresh. Light and lively palate; balanced sweetness and clean, mouth-watering acidity. Clean, slightly firm finish with appreciable alcohol warmth. With food: good combination, though alcohol is still evident. ”

Brent Marris, Thirteenth Term Panellist 2019 Competition

“Mid straw in colour, this wine shows lovely floral aromas with a lovely sweet cherry blossom palate. Great acidity and fruit balance ensure this wine does not finish too sweet. Balanced concentrated and fruit driven. A Great match as the dessert does not come across too sweet. ”

Ying Hsien Tan, Second Term Panellist 2019 Competition

“Light yellow. Zesty, lime tinged, sweet grapey, floral, lightly biscuit nose. Light, fresh lime-tinged sweet apple and honey mid-palate.Sweet fresh finish.”

Dr Ken Dobler, Eleventh Term Panellist 2019 Competition

“Excellent bright straw colour. The nose is effusive with with ripe apricot and stone fruit. The palate is more restrained and is very long and attractive. The strong primary fruit notes in the wine pair well with dessert”

2014 Vintage

Score: 4 Stars
“Pale gold, Awatere Valley wine with a honeyed bouquet and good intensity and drive on the palate. Lemon, apricot, honey and marmalade flavours, with a strong botrytis influence. Fresh, sweet and finely balanced.”

WineState 2015 Marlborough Tastings – 4 Stars ****

Fragrant, apricot-like bouquet.  Peach and honey flavours, in a ripe, moderately sweet style, enriched by botrytis