Tohu New Releases of Methode, White and Red Wines

Tohu was New Zealand’s first Maori owned wine company, established in 1998. It comes under the Kono umbrella of the Wakatu Incorporation, a collective comprised of four iwi (tribes) from the top of the South Island. The company encompasses seafood, beverage, horticulture and fruit products. Kono has embraced the concept of kaitiakitanga, which is guardianship, protection and sustainability of the environment and its natural resources. This aligns extremely well with the wine world’s concern for the environment as shown in sustainability, organic and biodynamic values. The Tohu viticulture and winemaking is carried out with respect to these principles. Tohu’s vineyards and wines come primarily from estate Marlborough vineyards as well as fruit from the company’s Nelson vineyard, supplemented with contract fruit from these regions and beyond. The winemaking is under the care of the experience Bruce Taylor, operating out of the company’s winery in the Awatere Valley. Over the years, the Tohu wines have grown in breadth of portfolio as well as quality. The flagship wines are the black-labelled Kaumatua Reserve range, named in honour of an elder from the Maori owners. Here, I review a broad range of new releases which method traditionnelle, whites and reds. www.tohuwines.co.nz


  • Tohu ‘Rewa’ Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blanc 2014
  • Tohu Nelson Pinot Rosé 2017
  • Tohu ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Tohu ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Riesling 2016
  • Tohu Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
  • Tohu ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Blanc 2016
  • Tohu ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
  • Tohu ‘Rore Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
  • Tohu Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

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