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To all Wine Exchangers,
In this case, the story is a short one, being pretty much all about this wine, and other people’s perceptions of this wine.
The background for this Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc is one you’ve heard before, with one special twist.  Tohu is a Māori-owned wine company.  As Tohu puts it, “The 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.”
Culture indeed. And, when it comes to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, there is no wine that is perhaps more ‘naked’ in the vinification process.  Most of these Sauvignons are machine-harvested, then fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling. That’s it. True terroir wine to be sure.
So, when you come across a great one its only through that magic combination of expert grape growing, the right picking dates, and some technology in the cellar that magical moments are created.
And, in this case, Tohu sprinkled a little magic dust on three of the most informed wine palates in the world.
Y’know, it’s hard enough getting one 96-point score for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in this price range. It’s damned near impossible getting three 96-point scores in the same tasting from three different master palates…blind.
And that’s what exactly what happened with Tohu, the critic trifecta!
At Decanter Magazine's New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Panel Tasting on April 20th of last year there were the following judges:
  • Melanie Brown, New Zealand wine specialist who runs the NZ Cellar in London, UK.
  • Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, based in NZ.
  • Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier based in NZ.
Each of them tasted through nearly 100 different New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs for the magazine’s August report.  Again, all wines were tasted blind, and scored independently by the three critics.  In turn, Decanter takes the three scores, averages them and gives the wine its final score. Fair, right?
The final average score for the Tohu Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Vineyard 2016?
96 points.
How? Pretty easy when all three critics gave it the same amazing score.
Melanie Brown wrote: “This is a beautifully fresh, vibrant wine with a soft, savoury edge to it. Cooked peas, tomato leaf and ample gooseberry make this wine juicy and refreshing. 96 Points.”
Bob Campbell wrote: “This wine is quite seamless, with a touch of sweet and sour character providing beautiful balance. Vibrant, with high energy. 96 points.”
And Cameron Douglas offered: “This has a pure and pristine bouquet with a delicious, layered frame on the palate. Mineral, stony, fresh and pure flavours are bursting through. This is a lovely example of balance, length and complexity that will build over time.  96 points.”
It finished third out of 93 top-flight Kiwi Sauvignons tasted by three NZ wine specialists and we can sell this stuff at a remarkable $11.98 a bottle.
Grab your piece of Sauvignon history now….
Tohu Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Vineyard 2016
 

 

96 Points! Blind tasted by Melanie Brown, Bob Campbell MW, Cameron Douglas MS.  MB: This is a beautifully fresh, vibrant wine with a soft, savoury edge to it. Cooked peas, tomato leaf and ample gooseberry make this wine juicy and refreshing. BC: This wine is quite seamless, with a touch of sweet and sour character providing beautiful balance. Vibrant, with high energy. CD: This has a pure and pristine bouquet with a delicious, layered frame on the palate. Mineral, stony, fresh and pure flavours are bursting through. This is a lovely example of balance, length and complexity that will build over time.
ONLY $11.98

 

 

 

 

 

 

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