Tussock Jumper has announced two new wines: a 2020 Chenin Blanc from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa, and a 2020 vintage of their Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. Both of these wines are available via Tri-Vin Imports in New York and distributors nationwide.
Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc 2020 is off dry in style, 100% chenin blanc, with flavors and aromas of lime zest, guava and tropical fruit, the company says, along with a crisp minerality and finish. The wine is made with minimal cellar intervention, with the grapes coming from vineyards in the Helderberg and Paarl regions, as well as bushvine and trellised vines from the high slopes of the Du Toitskloof mountains. Each parcel was vinified separately. After brief skin contact, free-run juice was transferred to the tank for cool temperature fermentation using select yeast strains. The wine spent an additional 120 days on the lees prior to final blending.
Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc 2020, 13.5% ABV, goes well with Caribbean fare like shrimp pasta, poultry, grilled pork chops or vegetable dishes.
Tussock Jumper Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is a costally sourced wine, 100% sauvignon blanc, with aromas of citrus and passion fruit, the company says, as well as grassy aromas and blackcurrant leaf. The palate has tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, melon and grapefruit. This vintage is a blend of three vineyards: two in Wairau Valley, and one in Waihopai Valley. Cold fermentation was used, with the wine aged on the lees for approximately four weeks, and then filtered.
Tussock Jumper Sauvignon Blanc 2020, 13% ABV, is an ideal accompaniment to dishes like shrimp and seafood, poultry, grilled vegetables and lighter fare.
The suggested retail price for both wines is $11.99 per 750-ml. bottle.