2015 Tohu Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley Marlborough
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. This has a softly full and voluminous nose of passionfruit and tropical fruits along with delicately lifted herbs and limes, seamlessly interwoven, and opening up in richness and detail with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is softly concentrated with a deep core packed with flavours of passionfruit and gooseberries, tropical fruits and herbs. The mouthfeel is seamless in texture and the wine flows smoothly, unfolding rich capsicum and citrus flavours. The richness and depth is balanced by light, lacy acidity, lending freshness and gentle tension, and the wine carries to a rich, lush and concentrated finish. This is a softly concentrated, smooth and seamless Sauvignon Blanc with deeply packed flavours of passionfruit and gooseberries. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Awatere Valley cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 3.2 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees.
This is full of zesty, lively sauvignon flavours. Fragrant aromas of passionfruit, peach, lime zest and dill lead to a succulent palate that is generously expressed and loaded with tasty flavours. It is refreshing and juicy, and finishes superbly long. At its best: now to 2018.
Neal Martin explains: "Tohu is New Zealand's first indigenous wine producer, after all nobody has worked the New Zealand land longer than the Maoris. They source fruit from Gisborne and Marlborough from contracted growers though they manage the vineyard sites for their Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc." From the winery: "This single vineyard wine is a unique expression of our high altitude site in the upper reaches of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. A bright, luminous pale golden green in the glass, it displays aromas of current leaf, citrus and sweet tropical fruits on the nose. The palate is layered and complex with flavours of juicy fruit, herbal notes and a distinctive minerality. Balanced and concentrated this medium-bodied wine finishes long, crisp and dry."