Kono, Aronui and Tohu New Releases from 2018 – 2015


Kono is a vertically integrated, family owned Maori food and beverage producer, making and exporting artisan award-winning wine, cider, seafood, fruit among other products. Based in Nelson and Marlborough, Kono farms over 530 ha of land and sea, and has a global reach. The original wine brand ‘Tohu’ was established in 1998 and has come to focus on wines from the company’s vineyards in the Awatere Valley, supplemented with fruit from other regions. The newer ‘Aronui’ label was established to represent the company’s wines from Nelson, which predominantly come from the ‘Whenua Matua’ vineyard in the Upper Moutere. The newest range is ‘Kono’, which are wines that are more accessible and fruit-focussed with the expression of the Marlborough and Nelson regions. Originally, 3,200 cases of wine were made, but in 2018, over 220,000 cases were produced. Bruce Taylor is the chief winemaker, and works from the company’s modern winery in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough. I have seen the overall standard of the wines rise over the years, as the vines gain in maturity, the vineyard teams become more sensitive to the land and plants, and Bruce and his team come to a greater understanding of the fruit. There have been a number of sensational wines made, and bottled under the ‘Reserve’ label, offering excellent character and style. I can only see this continue in the future. Here, I review a large selection of new and current releases under the ‘Kono’, ‘Aronui’ and ‘Tohu’ labels. www.kono.co.nzwww.aronuiwines.co.nzwww.tohuwines.co.nz


  • Kono Nelson Pinot Rosé 2018
  • Kono Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
  • Kono Nelson Pinot Gris 2018
  • Aronui ‘Single Vineyard’ Nelson Pinot Rosé 2018
  • Aronui Nelson Chardonnay 2016
  • Aronui ‘Single Vineyard’ Nelson Pinot Noir 2016
  • Tohu ‘Rewa’ Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs 2015
  • Tohu ‘Rewa’ Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Rosé 2015
  • Tohu Nelson Pinot Rosé 2018
  • Tohu Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
  • Tohu ‘Hemi Reserve’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
  • Tohu Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017
  • Tohu ‘Rore Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017
  • Tohu ‘Raiha Reserve’ Marlborough Noble Riesling 2016

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