We have just completed the largest harvest that Tohu has ever undertaken since our inception back in 1998. An early beginning on the 10th March with our Méthode Traditionnelle Chardonnay was followed steadily by grapes from Nelson for our Aronui Wines, Kono Sauvignon blocks from the Wairau and Waihopai Valleys through late March and early April; all culminating in Pinot Noir and Sauvignon from our Awatere Valley vineyard.
Once again the Awatere was the star of our show with lovely flavours accompanied by good acidity and perfect ripeness. The season couldn’t have been kinder to us with very settled weather throughout the harvest helping us pick almost everything at optimum with no weather pressure at all to deal with. Even during May we were having mild days, cool nights and no rainfall; perfect for the Botrytis Riesling which was our last pick of the season - being harvested on the 31st of May.
Overall, it was a very satisfying, opulent harvest with good flavours, lovely clean fruit and some of the best intensity in the Sauvignons I have ever seen in Marlborough!
- Bruce Taylor, Chief Winemaker