Stargazer Tupelo Gris/Riesling/Gewurztraminer 2019Stargazer
ORIGIN: Tasmania, Australia
GRAPE: Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling
This unusual blend mirrors the famous Alsation 'Gentil' styles marrying the body of Pinot Gris with the spicy aromatics of Gewurztraminer and finishing with the finesse of Riesling. Perfumed and spicy, the nose shows quince paste and rose water notes with dried pear and green apple skin. There is a glossy texture to the palate, with the richness framed by subtle phenolics and subtle acid providing both persistence and length.
Tasmania is one of the key emerging regions of the Australian wine landscape. A relatively recent addition to this landscape is Stargazer, owned and run by Samantha Connew. Stargazer pays tribute to Abel Tasman, who as the first European explorer and navigator to sight Tasmania, must have spent a fair amount of time gazing towards the heavens.
Samantha’s first vintage was in Oregon, where she became captivated by Pinot Noir. So it seems only fitting that after an intervening period of over fifteen years, much spent as Chief winemaker at Wirra Wirra from McLaren Vale, that Samantha has ended up in Tasmania making Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay. In Samantha’s words “The opportunity to work with pristine fruit to craft the wines that I am passionate about in an environment of extraordinary beauty is really all I have ever wanted to do as a winemaker”