Tussock 2013 Nelson Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir

It’s an interesting process and there are diverse approaches in making a second or entry-level label. In the majority of cases these wines are more straightforward and accessible, and made with less aspiration to complexity and what is in the winemakers’ minds as to what constitutes quality. But also, some secondary tier wines are the result of stylistic choices, the quality of the fruit, or the interest componentry in the wine as high as what constitutes the premium label. The wines in this category can miss out on the harmony and balance that is regarded as ideal, sometimes as a result of being left out and ‘not required’. I’m not totally sure exactly where Woollaston winemaker Shane Munn sees the ‘Tussock’ wines fit in, as I know that the quality of the fruit can be as high as goes into the ‘Mahana’ range of wines, and indeed, the parcels of wine that eventually end up in ‘Tussock’ are often in consideration for the top level. There will be differing levels of criteria to meet for each tier, but essentially the standard is now high for ‘Tussock’, ‘Woollaston’ and ‘Mahana’. I believe this is one of the reasons behind the recent step up in the wines from this Upper Moutere producer. Here, I review the new 2013 Tussock Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines reflecting the continued progress. www.woollaston.co.nz


  • Tussock Nelson Pinot Gris 2013
  • Tussock Nelson Pinot Noir 2013

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