Tohu – 2012 White and 2011 Pinot Noir Releases

Under the Wakatu Incorporation umbrella, Kono Beverages is making strong progress with its Tohu wine brand. Kono's chief executive Mike Brown, a winemaker himself, is surely aware of the importance of controlling one's destiny in tough market times, and such control is a requirement for raising quality. And that's exactly what is happening with Tohu. The fruit sources for Tohu are 33 ha of vines in Nelson, where Wakatu Inc. is based, and over 100 ha in the Awatere and Waihopi Valleys in Marlborough. Recently, Wakatu purchased the former Awatere Valley winery of The Crossings, after it and sister Hawke's Bay winery Crossroads were purchased by Yealands Estate. The 1,200 tonne capacity winery, only seven years old, will provide winemaker Bruce Taylor to assume a greater degree of management of the winemaking process. With resource consent for the winery to process up to 6,000 tonnes of grapes, there is the ability to handle the projected growth of Tohu as well as allow contract winemaking. Here, I review the latest 2012 whites and 2011 Pinot Noir. www.tohuwines.co.nz


  • Tohu Marlborough Chardonnay 2012

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