2017 Tohu Whenua Awa Single Vineyard Chardonnay

Regular price £26.00 Save £-26.00
59 in stock
2017 Tohu Whenua Awa Single Vineyard Chardonnay

We are Tangata Whenua – People of the land, intrinsically connected to our whenua that we protect, nurture and love

Tasting Notes 

Select fruit from our Awa Block, Awatere Valley, fermented in 500L French oak puncheons to create integrated body and complexity. Flinty, fruity and generous.

Nose

Aromas of juicy ripe stonefruit, pink grapefruit and soft smoky oak.

Palate 

Richly textured palate of citrus, summer fruits and subtle mealy characteristics. Seamless balance, refinement and length.

Vineyard

Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand. Awa (River) Block. Planted 2010. 1.10ha. Silt-loam terraced block renowned for its long, cool ripening period.

Vinification

The 2016/2017 growing season began with a frost-free spring and good early shoot growth. Warm still dry conditions in the late summer, unaffected by early autumn rains in other parts of the region. Warm and settled weather in the latter part of the harvest period allowed extra ripening time.

Winemaking

Hand-harvested grapes, gently whole-bunch pressed • unsettled juice then moved to old French oak barriques for fermentation. Fermentation with natural ‘wild’ yeasts, with a cultivated yeast added partway through fermentation to assist the wine to dryness . Post-fermentation, each barrel underwent twice-weekly batonage (yeast stirring). Malo-lactic fermentation occurred once the weather warmed in the spring. Individual barrel assessment, with only the best deemed exceptional enough to make the final blend.

Bottled March 2018 - 4140 bottles produced

Accolades

  • Gold - International Wine Challange 2020 - 95 points

Specifications

Year 2017
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Chardonnay
Country New Zealand
Alcohol content
13% alc vol 
Units of alcohol per bottle 9.8 units
Type White Wine
Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Food Matches

Chicken, truffle & Potato Gratin 

Appellation Marlborough