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Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
South Island :: New Zealand
Tohu (pronounced Tor-who) is the world’s first Maori owned wine company. Since 1998, we’ve been making our mark on the world with wines produced from New Zealand’s premier grape growing regions. Maori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa – New Zealand. True to our heritage, we have a strong spiritual connection to everything we grow and a responsibility to ensure our land is passed onto future generations in pristine condition. As custodians of our land, we are committed to conserving the environment; a tradition of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of Papatuanuku (Earth Mother). Our participation in the wine industry reinforces our values and vision for the future. Our wines are a superb example of varietal excellence with a unique and distinct appeal. Yet, they are more than a product of our skill as winemakers. Tohu (meaning sign or signature) wines are a sign of our integrity as wine producers and custodians of the rugged yet fertile soils of our country Aotearoa, New Zealand
Select blocks from around the Awatere Valley are harvested using modern machine harvesters allowing 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 select 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 fermentation is complete the wines are left to settle on their 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. Once blended the resulting wine is stabilised and filtered – without the need for fining.
Pale golden green
On the nose tropical fruit, currant-leaf and herbal notes.
A concentrated palate of ripe pineapple, pink grapefruit and citrus zest; creating a vibrant wine with freshness and length.