2017 Tohu Whenua Awa Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

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2017 Tohu Whenua Awa Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

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

An unfined and unfiltered Pinot Noir - complex and elegantly structured.

Tasting Notes 

Nose

Intense ripe dark fruit aromas, underlined with bright florals and harmonious spicy oak notes.

Palate

Flavours of red and dark fruits balanced with soft, silky tannins. Long, lingering and mouth-filling finish.

Vineyard

Awatere Valley Marlborough, New Zealand. Blocks: Araroa, Moana, Rotokaro, Taumauri & Tohu. Planted 2002. 19.22 ha. Loam soils varying from shallow to deep silt, and fine sand.

Viticulture

A relatively frost-free spring resulted in good early shoot growth. Leaf plucking facilitated bunch exposure and promoted fruit flavour development. Slightly lower than normal brix levels resulted in clean, concentrated flavours.

Winemaking

Hand-harvested grapes gently destemmed then chilled for seven days in open top vessels. Warmed for a fast ferment; the wine was pressed directly into dedicated Pinot Noir French oak barriques for the winter. Malolactic fermentation once the temperatures started to warm again in spring. Rigorous blending and barrel section, with the final blend left to settle a few more months before being bottled without the need for fining or filtration.

Bottled May 2018 – 3276 bottles produced

Awards

  • Gold - 2020 IWC
  • 91 points James Suckling

Specifications

Year 2017
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Pinot Noir
Country New Zealand
Alcohol content
13% alc vol 
Units of alcohol per bottle 9.8 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential Until 2024
Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Food Matches

Lamb Rack, baba ganoush, tomato & coriander salad. Light enough to pair with a grilled salmon pasta, but it will also compliment rich red meats.  

Appellation Marlborough