2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Tupari Sauvignon Blanc

This single vineyard wine is a blend of two discrete areas within the Tupari vineyard. The distinct minerality of grapes from ‘Boulder’ Block and the white stonefruit characteristics of grapes from ‘Campers Flat’ are combined to create a wine of balanced complexity.

The Tupari vines were managed to achieve low-cropping levels and as harvest approached Glenn was found in the vineyard tasting the grapes to ensure the flavours were fully mature prior to picking.The grapes were harvested as two separate batches before being gently pressed at the winery.Two yeast strains were specifically selected to add layers of flavour and 10% of the wine was placed in well seasoned oak to create textual complexity.The wine was then left on the lees for 6 months, stirred weekly, to enhance the creamy palate texture.

The 2011 Tupari Sauvignon Blanc shows lifted stonefruit with a hint of passionfruit.The portion of oak combined with extended time on the lees creates a palate that is rich and creamy showing mineral and citrus flavours.

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  • Pure Bronze - 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
  • Bronze - 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Bronze - 2012 New Zealand Royal Easter Show
  • Highly Commended - 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition
  • Commended - 2012 Decanter Asia Wine Awards
  • Commended - 2012 International Wine Comeptition (IWC)

Food match 

The subtle white peach and mineral nature of our Sauvignon Blanc makes it a perfect match for simple and lightly cooked ingredients like shellfish, grilled seafood and tomato based dishes.

Cheese match

Enjoy with a young and firm brie or camembert, goats cheese or chèvre.

Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013, Michael Cooper
Score: 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."


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