2023 Stargazer Tupelo
The 2023 Tupelo wine is crafted from a harmonious blend comprising 41% Pinot Gris, 28% Pinot Blanc, 26% Riesling, and 5% Gewürztraminer. This unique composition pays homage to the renowned Alsatian 'Gentil' style by combining the full-bodied and textured characteristics of Pinot Gris, the lively vibrancy of Pinot Blanc, the aromatic spiciness of Gewürztraminer, and culminating in the finesse and acidic structure of Riesling. The grapes are all meticulously handpicked and destemmed. Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Riesling undergo approximately 8 hours of skin contact before being gently pressed and then aged in seasoned oak barrels for a wild fermentation process. Gewurztraminer, on the other hand, lingers on the skins for a slightly longer period of 2 days before fermentation. Each varietal is then left to rest on lees for 3.5 months, with regular stirring every two weeks.
I dig these Alsatian-style 'gestalt' blends. All varieties involved reporting for duty and getting on admirably for our drinking pleasure. This year's makeup is 41/28/26/5% pinot gris/pinot blanc/riesling/gewürztraminer. It's all slinky and textural (hello eight hours of skin contact) and the shimmering acidity draws everything into line nicely. Think citrus, yellow plum, white flowers, soft spice and crushed stone and you're on the track. Just a joy to drink. Drink 2024 - 2028.
Dave Brookes - Halliday's Australian Wine Companion
This can be among Australia's very finest white wines. Period. It is reminiscent of the halcyon era of Marcel Deiss field blends. Each varietal rivet welded to a greater, more holistic sense of depth, resinous complexity, scintillating length and wow factor. The blend just is, ultimately transcending the individual parts despite their mention on the back label. Orchard fruits, cinnamon pastry, grape spice, orange blossom, tamarind and other things too numerous to mention in this space. The finish, as chewy as it is fresh. Frankly, I wouldn't mind even more ripeness and chew to this. A wine of profundity and real potential, although I'd be enjoying this across the mid-term given the aromatic quotient to the blend. Pinot gris, pinot blanc, riesling and gewurztraminer Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Ned Goodwin MW - JamesSuckling.com