Tohu Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
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: Select blocks from around the Awatere Valley are harvested using modern machine harvesters that allow ultimate extraction of flavour and aroma compounds from the skins of the grapes. Once at the winery the grapes are pressed into stainless steel tanks for cold settling, before being gently racked and inoculated with yeasts chosen to naturally enhance the aromatic and flavour profiles of the wine. Fermentation is carried out at cool temperatures allowing the wine to retain its bright aromas, with each batch fermentation typically lasting around 21 days. After completion of fermentation the wine is left to settle on yeast lees for a short period before being racked again into stainless steel tanks for maturation. Meticulous classification of each batch results in a final blend that truly captures the exceptional characteristics of the vineyards.
TASTING NOTES: Sourced entirely from vineyards located in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, this wine is a bright luminous pale golden green in the glass. On the nose tropical fruit, currant-leaf and herbal notes lead to a concentrated palate of ripe pineapple, pink grapefruit and citrus zest; creating a vibrant wine with freshness and length.