Wine Review

Stargazer Tupelo: Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling Blend (TAS)

Photo: Stargazer Tupelo

Very pretty. A blend of alternative varieties; gewurztraminer, pinot gris and riesling. I’ve not see not this blend done in Australia; the blend is more typical of France’s Alsace region. The winemaker, Sam Connew, has done a good job. It’s a light straw colour, and very clear. There’s that hint of lychee coming through as you might expect of anything with gerwurztramier in the mix. A bit mineral. Nice balance. The fruit is a bit more restrained than many Australian wines, which in the case I think is very endearing.

Highly regarded wine critic James Halliday put this wine in his 2020 Australian Top 100. Just by taking on this Alsatian blend the wine is distinctive and very different to most Australian wines. Worth a detour.

The winemaker at Stargazer is Sam Connew. A number of Masters of Wine such as global wine legend Jancis Robinson and Rob Smith have commented on her ‘extraordinary contribution’ to wine and to the raising the profile of women’s positive contribution to the industry;

How to Drink

Can be drunk without food. I suggest if matching with food make sure it is light and delicate food so each brings out the best in the other. I ate it with Chamela cheese happily.

Where to Buy

Price about AUD 30. Because of getting the high rating in the Australian Top 100 for 2020 there may be a run on stocks. With any wine best to start with Wine Searcher for the nearest stockist. I ordered mine direct for the winery.

Thanks to

My tasting and photographer genius buddy Le Petite Foodie for lending me her photo.

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