Country: New Zealand Region: Marlborough Varietal: Riesling
Vintage: 2018 Category: White Wine Colour: White
"The Tinpot Hut story began in 2003 when winemaker Fiona Turner and her husband Hamish established their own 50 acre vineyard in Marlborough's emerging sub-region of Blind River. Naming her range of wines after a historic Marlborough mustering hut, the 'Tinpot Hut' links the area's sheep farming past with its current state as one of the world's most dynamic wine regions. Fruit is sourced from Fiona's 'Home Block' and is supplemented by grapes from selected vineyards. Fiona is supported by Matt Thomson, a friend and colleague with whom she has worked with for many years.
Producing her flagship Sauvignon Blanc, the 2015 vintage is a blend of fruit from Blind River contributing mineral and crushed herb characters and the Lower Wairau which imparts lovely tropical flavours.
In 2012 Tinpot Hut produced its first single vineyard wines: the 'Turner Vineyard' Riesling made solely from Fiona's home block vineyard - a light bodied wine displaying flavours of lime and grapefruit with a distinct mineral finish so reflective of the Blind River sub region; and the 'McKee Vineyard' Grüner Veltliner also a pure Blind River wine with flavours of white peach and subtle peppery spice.
The Pinot Noir has intense aromas of black cherry, supported by hints of plum and redcurrant. Structurally the tannins are soft and silky. Well balanced acidity ensures good length and weight.
The fruit for the Syrah is sourced from some of the oldest Syrah vines in New Zealand, planted on an ancient river terrace in the Dartmoor sub-region of Hawkes Bay, as well as from the unique gravel soil of the Gimblett Gravels area, which gives power and structure to the wine. Made in the style of northern Rhône, it is a complex wine showing plum, pepper and cinnamon characteristics."
Product Features: Sustainable;Vegetarian
Winemaker: Fiona Turner
The fruit for this single vineyard wine was grown on the 16.5 hectare Turner home block vineyard in the Blind River sub-region of the Awatere Valley. Low yielding vines were monitored closely and then hand-picked when the right balance of flavour and sugar ripeness was reached to produce this lower alcohol style of Riesling.
After harvest, the fruit was transported to the winery for immediate pressing, with minimal skin contact to prevent juice deterioration. The fruit was crushed and only the free run portion of the juice was retained. Specialty Riesling yeast was used for a long cool ferment. The resulting wine was then balanced and prepared for bottling under a screw cap closure so as to retain as much of the freshness and fruit character of the vineyard as possible.
Pale straw in colour. Delicate aromas of orange blossom, citrus and stone fruit blend with hints of sweet floral honeysuckle. The Grüner Veltliner is a very textural wine. Flavours of white peach mingle well with subtle peppery spice notes. Mineral complexity, which is so reflective of the Blind River sub region, gives this wine a clean and crisp appeal. The balance of the fruit, acidity and phenolics work very well together and lead to a long dry finish.
Ideal as an aperitif and also a great match for seafood, pork or with lightly spiced Thai or Chinese meals.
Closure: Stelvin ABV: 11% Acidity [g/l]: 7.5