Tohu Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
#92 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
Tohu means mark, sign or signature. Being the world's first Maori owned wine company, Tohu is making its mark on the world stage, producing outstanding New Zealand wine.
Central to Maori way of life is nurturing and respecting the land. When the land is looked after it rewards us with excellent quality produce. "Our gift from the land – Nga Hua a te whenua" is our stunning vineyards in the Waihopai and Awatere Valley, Marlborough. From these vineyards we source our grapes, producing world class, award winning wines.
Bright, deep ruby and cherry appearance. Aromas of savory ripe plum, cherry, smoky oak and dark spices.
Wine Spectator - "Lithe, medium-weight, generous and appealing for the coffee nuances that swirl through the plum and currant fruit, remaining vivid and expressive through the long finish. Drink now through 2015."
Wine Enthusiast - "A Maori-owned company, Tohu has been crafting solid wines for close to a decade. The 2007 Pinot Noir features standard cherry and cola notes, accented by some darker, coffee-like aromas and flavors. The tannins are negligible, with crisp acids providing the necessary punch on the finish. Drink now. "
For centuries Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, worked on, lived around and loved the rugged yet fertile lands of their ancestors. There was awareness that the earth was the giver of all life. From the soil came food and that same food was cooked beneath the earth. It was accepted that the people who were born onto that land inherited the right to produce from it and to protect it for the benefit of all. Tohu Wines is the first indigenous branded wine to be produced for the export market. The superb quality blend, taken from the foremost wine growing regions in New Zealand, Marlborough and Gisborne, conveys the care and consideration, experience and understanding that is inherent in all the finest produce gifted from the land. Tohu Wines is one of New Zealand's finest achievements created from a mutual vision of harmony and respect of our people and our place. View all Tohu Wines
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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