Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Country: New Zealand
Vinification: Grapes were gently destemmed and lightly crushed before being gravity fed into small open-top fermenters. Once in the fermenters the grapes were chilled before undergoing a 7 day cold-soak after which the parcels were either inoculated with selected yeast, or left to ferment with indigenous or ‘wild’ yeasts that are naturally present on the grapes in the vineyard. the wine naturally underwent malolactic fermentation once the temperatures started to warm in spring. The wine was carefully monitored over this time, and after ‘malo’ was 100% complete rigorous blending and classification decisions were made – with only the very finest barrels making the cut.
Ageing/Maturation: Following ferment the must was pressed directly to French oak barriques (24% new oak) with no settling. The wine was then stacked away in dedicated Pinot Noir barrel cellar for the winter months,
Tohu Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
Only the very best barrels of our Pinot Noir are selected for this complex and layered wine, sourced exclusively from our Upper Awatere Valley vineyard. On the nose concentrated aromas of cherry, plum and vibrant cassis are underlined with bright floral notes and hints of wild thyme. Finely structured and elegant on the palate, flavours of red and black fruits and harmonious spicy oak notes are balanced with soft, silky tannins which seamless lead to a long, lingering and mouth-filling finish.
Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand. As a Māori company, we have a strong spiritual connection to the land, to our culture and a tradition of kaitiakitanga, guardianship of our natural resources. Tohu is committed to conserving the environment and investing in industries that will continue to provide for our owners for many generations to come. Our participation in the wine industry reinforces our values and our vision for the future. It is also our way of promoting Māori culture to the world. Our Tohu branding includes a number of elements that pay tribute to our culture and what we treasure as a Māori organisation. These include traditional Māori art forms, genealogy and our land.