2021 Tohu Awatere Valley Unoaked Chardonnay

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2018 Tohu Awatere Valley Unoaked Chardonnay

Tasting Notes 


Untouched by oak, this richly textured Marlborough Chardonnay displays aromas of ripe nectarine, melon and bright citrus underpinned by complex nutty butterscotch gained from both extended time on lees and malolactic fermentation.


On the palate fresh flavours of peach and tropical fruit are balanced with subtle creaminess and great length; leading to a smooth, fresh and focused finish.


The grapes for this wine were sourced solely from the Rothay vineyard located in the Marlborough’s Rapaura sub-region of the Wairau Valley. Trained using a spilt-canopy trellising system, the vines were managed throughout the growing season with practices including shoot thinning, trimming and leaf plucking, allowing for an open canopy and reduced disease pressure. The vineyard’s warm daytime temperatures and stony free-draining soils helped the grapes to ripen in a difficult season, with pristine, ripe fruit was harvested earlier than average on the 30th April 2018.


Machine harvested and fully fermented and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, this wine has been created to allow the fresh complexities of the fruit to shine through without the need for any oak influence. After harvesting the grapes for this wine were transported a short distance to the winery before being gently pressed. Cold settled over 48 hours, the resulting clear juice was racked into tanks for inoculation with yeast carefully selected to retain fruit purity. After fermentation at reasonably cool temperatures, the wine then underwent secondary malo-lactic fermentation before being aged in tank. Lees stirring was employed to build texture and complexity while still retaining fruit freshness, before being filtered and bottled in February 2019 without the need for any fining.


Tohu produces award-winning New Zealand wine crafted from grapes grown in our breathtakingly beautiful, Awatere Valley vineyard. When Tohu launched in 1998 we were the world's first Maori-owned wine company. Since then we’ve grown a reputation for producing premium wine in a range of varieties, winning awards for our Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Méthode Traditionnelle.


Year 2021
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Chardonnay
Country New Zealand

Alcohol content

13.0% alc vol 
Units of alcohol per bottle 9.8 units
Type White Wine
Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Dietary Information Vegan & Vegetarian Approved
Food Matches

Sweet chilli-spiced fishcakes with coriander hollandaise sauce

Appellation Marlborough