2008 Tohu Pinot Noir

Year: 2008
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Spectator: 87
Red Wine
Price :
$9.95
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"Exhibits pretty cherry and strawberry flavors that are shaded with hints of decadent flowers and mocha as the finish lingers softly. Drink now through 2013. 3,000 cases imported." (WS)

Winery Notes:
Mid ruby red coloured our Pinot Noir has a classic nose of cherries, raspberry, a touch of violets and a hint of toasty oak. Fleshy and mouth filling the palate is full with red berries and gamey complexity within a moderately tannic framework of sweet, silky oak. Length and persistence are key to a satisfying and attractively textured wine that will reward careful cellaring for 3-5 years.

All handpicked and transported to the winery in the cool of the Marlborough Autumn mornings the fruit is mostly de-stemmed and lightly crushed into small fermenters with a small portion being processed as full bunches. The fruit is allowed to cold-soak for up to seven days before we allow them to warm and begin fermentation. A mix of traditional Burgundian and some indigenous yeasts are used and a quick, relatively high temperature ferment is encouraged. Once finished ferment the skins are pressed and after settling overnight the wine is put straight to French barrels, of which 30% are new. Malolactic fermentation is delayed until the warmer weather of spring and is allowed to occur naturally in barrel. Post malolactic fermentation the selected barrels are racked under inert gas into tank where the wine is lightly fined the traditional way with egg whites. Careful filtration followed by bottling in March our Pinot is held in bottle until we consider it ready for release.

The fruit for the 2008 Pinot Noir is predominantly off our Awatere vineyard; with approximately 15% of the barrels being from our Waihopai valley vineyard. Both vineyards cropped at under 4 tonnes per hectare in 2008 and provided very clean concentrated Pinot Noir grapes. Our Pinot Noir is grown on a vertical shoot positioned (vsp) trellis with two canes. Shoot thinning, leaf plucking and rigorous irrigation control are all utilised to control vigour and crop load. With a number of different Burgundy clones being grown harvest is spread over two weeks of ripening.

Delicious with lamb, red meat or hearty fish like salmon.


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