Marlborough, New Zealand
The Tinpot Hut story began in 2003 when winemaker Fiona Turner and her husband Hamish established their own 20 hectare vineyard in Marlborough's emerging sub-region of Blind River. Naming her range of wines after a historic Marlborough mustering hut, the 'Tinpot Hut' links the area's sheep farming past with its current state as one of the world's most dynamic wine regions. Fruit is sourced from Fiona's 'Home Block' and is supplemented by grapes from selected vineyards. Fiona is assisted by Matt Thomson, a friend and colleague with whom she has worked for many years.
Her flagship Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of fruit from Blind River, which contributes mineral and crushed herb characters, and the Lower Wairau, which imparts lovely tropical flavours. She also produces two single-vineyard wines. The 'Barker Vineyard' Riesling is a light-bodied wine with flavours of lime, grapefruit and a distinct mineral finish reflective of the Blind River sub-region. The 'McKee Vineyard' Grüner Veltliner is also a Blind River wine with notes of white peach and subtle peppery spice.
Fiona’s reds are equally pure and fresh. The Pinot Noir has intense aromas of black cherry, supported by hints of plum and redcurrant. Structurally, the tannins are soft and silky and well-balanced acidity ensures good length and weight. The fruit for the Syrah is sourced from some of the oldest Syrah vines in New Zealand, planted on an ancient river terrace in the Dartmoor sub-region of Hawkes Bay, as well as from the unique gravel soil of the Gimblett Gravels area, which gives power and structure to the wine. Fiona used to work in Hawkes Bay, so knows the region intimately. The wine, made in the style of the Northern Rhône, has lovely aromatics of plum, pepper and spice and weight on the mid-palate.