Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $41.99

This wine is replacing the Rore Reserve Pinot Noir.  The first half went into the market with the Rore Reserve label on it and it won the trophy for Wine of Provenance (the wine that’s the most reflective of its place, its terroir over time) at the Marlborough Wine Show.  The second half of the wine Scented with wild strawberries, redcurrant, forest floor complexity and earthy characters and slightly cloudy due to being unfined and unfiltered.  Its tannins have grip and guts to them and it’s very pretty to sip, despite being from an area that is a huge struggle when it comes to growing pinot noir.

“We’d aim for 6tonnes to the ha, this year we got just on 4tonnes, we’ve also had 2’s and 3’s – so we just never hit budget on this pinot” says winemaker Bruce Taylor.