Tohu Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris
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PRODUCER: Since 1998, Tohu has focused on producing estate grown, single vineyard wines from New Zealand’s premier grape growing regions.
The Tohu winemaking philosophy is to create wines that capture the flavours of each region’s unique environment, while upholding respect and protection of the land for future generations.
Today, Tohu is acknowledged as He mātāmua taketake - the original, the first Māori-owned and operated wine label. Their wine is enjoyed by people all over the world. Its quality has been recognised through many prestigious awards and accolades.
WINEMAKING: Grapes sourced from a number of prime sites in the Awatere Valley are gently pressed once at the winery to obtain clear free-run juice, with the harder pressings kept separate and allowed to oxidise to soften phenolics before being re-combined with the free-run. The juice is then settled and racked into stainless steel tanks for warming and inoculation with carefully selected yeasts. The fermentation is carried out at cool temperatures of around 10-13°C to help preserve the fruity characters and lasts around 21 days until stopped when the balance of residual sugar and acidity/phenolics is judged by their winemaker to have reached the ideal point. Post-ferment the wine is held in tank and matured for a short period of time before being stabilised ready for bottling.
TASTING NOTES: This fruit-driven Pinot Gris from Marlborough’s Awatere Valley displays aromas of orange blossom and juicy pear. On the palate flavours of fresh quince and crisp golden apple blend seamlessly with hints of sweet spice. With integrated fine phenolics and smooth acidity this is a fresh and richly textured wine with a long and lingering finish.