Perfumed and spicy. Aromas of quince paste and rose water notes with dried pear woft from the glass. There is a glossy texture to the palate, with a richness delineated by fresh acidity. In a word "delicious" and a perfect wine to tuck into alongside a plate of fresh shellfish or sashimi.
Stargazer Tupelo 2021
An unctious wine full of exotic aromas and flavours.
97 points and category winner – James Halliday Wine Companion
Grape Variety – Pinot Gris/Riesling/Gewurztraminer
Region – Coal River, Tasmania, Australia
Vintage – 2021
Winery – Stargazer
Profile – Light to mid bodied, aromatic, textural, spiced;
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”.
Located in the Tea Tree subregion at the northern end of the Coal River Valley, the original vineyard was planted with half and half Riesling and Pinot Noir. Samantha took over the property in 2016 and in late 2017 expanded the vineyard (now called Palisander) to include an additional two hectares of vines. The key varieties of Pinot Noir and Riesling along with some Chardonnay were planted. Samantha has been able to harness all her years of experience to craft wines of purity and balance that are already receiving amazing reviews. The Stargazer Tupelo shows all the characteristics that are associated with wines from this pristine cool climate region.
Accolades & Awards
97 Points – James Halliday
Category award winner – James Halliday’s Wine Companion
“An ode to an Alsatian Edelzwicker, this is a magical potpourri of flavours and textures…. A profound White” – Ned Goodwin.