Tohu Awatere Valley sauvignon blanc 2019, from Māori-family owned Tohu Wines, has been rated as the number one Marlborough 2019 sauvignon blanc by influential independent wine review site, The Real Review.

Rated 95 points out of a possible 100 by New Zealand’s leading Master of Wine Bob Campbell and his Real Review team, Tohu Awatere Valley sauvignon blanc tops the list of 115 Marlborough sauvignon blanc from the 2019 vintage.

“Marlborough is world-famous for sauvignon blanc, so we’re proud that our 2019 vintage received the top rating on this list which includes many other outstanding wines,” said  Tohu chief winemaker Bruce Taylor.

“2019 was a dream vintage with a very dry summer and autumn giving us the luxury of very clean, perfectly ripe fruit. The grapes for this wine are grown over the whole length of the Awatere Valley, from our high-altitude Whenua Awa vineyard all the way down to the vineyards of our growers around the Dashwood and Redwood Pass areas The subtle flavour differences found across the Awatere Valley meshed together beautifully in 2019. We’ve just started blending our 2020 Tohu Awatere Valley sauvignon blanc, and we’re aiming to craft another stunning wine to match the benchmark set by the 2019 vintage.”

Bob Campbell, one of just 300 people in the world to hold the Master of Wine qualification, described the Tohu Awatere sauvignon blanc 2019 as a tangy sauvignon blanc with a strong Awatere signature thanks to gooseberry, tomato leaf, oyster-shell and subtle passionfruit flavours. Good purity and refreshingly crisp finish.

Sourced entirely from vineyards located in Marlborough’s spectacular Awatere Valley, Tohu Awatere sauvignon blanc is from the Tohu Manaaki range of wines – approachable, contemporary wines made for sharing with loved ones and enjoying with food.

This awards season Tohu Awatere Valley sauvignon blanc 2019 vintage made the prestigious Fine Wines of New Zealand list and has won:

  • Gold and the Best of Show New Zealand award at the Mundus Vini Wine Competition in Germany
  • Blue Gold at the Sydney International Wine Awards
  • Gold at the New Zealand International Wine Show
  • Gold at the New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards

Since 1998 Tohu, the world’s first Māori-owned wine company has been making its mark on the world with wines produced from New Zealand’s premier grape-growing regions.

The wines are predominantly single vineyard or sub-regional. Our winemaking philosophy is to produce wines with minimal intervention that best reflect the land. Our respect for the land, embodied by our Sustainable Certified vineyards, has rewarded us with an exceptional range of New Zealand wines. Each one a gift from the land for you to enjoy.

Learn more at tohuwines.co.nz