Tohu Whenua Matua Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
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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: Carefully hand-harvested, the grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed and the resulting juice was fermented in both new and old French oak barriques. The majority of barrels were fermented with specially chosen yeasts; while a small proportion were left to undergo ‘wild’ fermentation. Weekly batonage - or lees stirring - promoted yeast autolysis which added both body and complexity. Malolactic fermentation naturally occurred once the weather warmed in the spring. Only the best barrels made the final blend, before filtering and bottling without fining
TASTING NOTES: Layers of citrus peel and juicy stonefruit flavours with subtle hints of hazelnut, flint and spicy oak. Richly textured with a creamy mouthfeel. A delightful long and lingering finish