Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016, produced by Māori food and drinks company Kono, has been rated as ‘outstanding’ and given 96 points out of 100, in
the August edition of specialist wine magazine Decanter.

Decanter’s panel of experts blind-tasted, and then rated, over 80 New Zealand sauvignon blancs. Only two other wines were rated as ‘outstanding’, which puts Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 in the top five of New Zealand sauvignon blancs rated.

“We are enormously proud to receive this rating from such a prestigious publication as Decanter,” Rachel Taulelei, CEO, Kono says. “To be rated in the top five by Decanter’s sauvignon blanc experts is further confirmation of the quality of this wine. Many people look to publications like Decanter to help them decide which wines to buy, so we hope that this latest accolade for our most awarded wine ever will encourage even more people to try
this outstanding wine.”

“As a wine-maker you are always striving to make a wine that you are proud of, and that people enjoy drinking,” Bruce Taylor, Kono Chief Winemaker says. “Getting recognition from international experts provides further validation of this special wine, made in a unique sub-region of Marlborough, the Upper Awatere Valley.”

The expert panel's comments included:

“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." – Melanie Brown, founder, The New Zealand Cellar, London.

“This wine is quite seamless with a touch of sweet-and-sour character providing
beautiful balance. Vibrant, with high energy.” – Bob Campbell MW.

“The wine has quite a pure and pristine bouquet on the nose with a delicious and 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.” – Cameron Douglas MW.