Tohu Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc makes prestigious wine list


For the second year in a row, Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been named in Fines Wines of New Zealand – an annual list of the country’s most prestigious wines.

Tohu is produced by Māori-owned family business, Kono.

"Last year our 2016 release made the list. We are thrilled the 2017 release has been recognised in 2018 as being among the best of the best, particularly as the judging panel’s criteria includes provenance and excellence in winemaking over several releases,” Bruce Taylor, Chief Winemaker, Kono says.

“This sauvignon blanc is a single vineyard wine from Marlborough's Upper Awatere Valley," Bruce says. "We’re really pleased that some of New Zealand’s leading wine experts acknowledged the unique characteristics of our wine which is made in a special sub-region of Marlborough.”

The panel’s tasting notes for Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 say: “Ripe fleshy style that incorporates Awatere characters – tomato leaf, minerally, salty, capsicum and a medley of flavours. Plenty of power and intensity.”

Inclusion in the latest Fine Wines of New Zealand list is one of many accolades that the Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 has garnered. Others include gold medals at the Mundus Vini Wine Competition 2018 and the Berlin Wine Trophy Awards 2018.

“Making great wine is a passion that is shared by the team who work at Tohu. Recognition through programmes like Fine Wines of New Zealand helps more people discover our wines to enjoy with family and friends,” Bruce says.


Notes for editors

Fine Wines of New Zealand

The Fine Wines of New Zealand programme celebrates and showcases the finest wines New Zealand has to offer. The result of an extensive search, it is a conclusive selection, annually created and curated by seven of New Zealand’s leading wine experts — Masters of Wine Alastair Maling, Emma Jenkins, Michael Brajkovich, Sam Harrop, Simon Nash and Steve Smith along with Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas. 

The criteria for inclusion in the Fine Wines of New Zealand list is: “World-class quality and consistency – a high barrier to inclusion consisting of wine quality, wine pedigree and longevity. A wine that can truly stand the test of time as a world-class example of New Zealand’s finest wine.”  

More information on the Fine Wines of New Zealand programme

Kono is a Māori family-owned food and beverage company based across Te Tau Ihu, the top of the South Island. Brands include Tohu, Aronui and Kono Wines, Kono mussels, Tutū cider and Annies Fruit Bars. Kono is also involved with sustainably caught fish, lobster, apples, pears, kiwifruit and hops. Their award-winning products are enjoyed in New Zealand, and are exported around the world to more than 25 destinations including USA, UK, Europe and Asia.

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