Wine Code Breaker #405

2022 Tupelo Pinot Gris Riesling Pinot Blanc Gewurtztraminer Stargazer, Tasmania

“Would you like some fruit salad”? “No thanks, I already have some” as I sniff and swirl a glass of wine. Does a wine with four or more varieties count as fruit salad? Blending multiple varieties together is to build on the synergies, ensure the counter points don’t conflict and deliver a wine that is more interesting that its individual parts. The synergies will be flavours, texture and acid. Stuff these up and it will be somewhat akin to the juices left in the bowl after the fruit salad is finished.

The 2022 Tupelo from Stargazer in Tasmania is a blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Gewurtztraminer grown in the Coal River area. It flashes brightly in a glass with its light green yellow hues. A highly aromatic and appealing nose with citrus, Turkish delight, a little bit of lychee, a nip of peach, a dash of guava and a pinch of spice. These flavours flowing effortless into the palate. It is delightful with a structure that brings you back for more; oily tannins, dancing acidity and flavours lovingly linger. This is my kind of fruit salad.


Rating: 94 pts

Closure: Screwtop

Alc: 12.2%

Drink: Now; 3-5 yrs

Price: $28

Tasted: January 2023

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