Quite purple, with sweet cherry, dried herb and flower petal aromas. The palate is smoky and modestly complex, with a fine mix of cherry and chocolate. The finish grows deeper and darker, emphasizing tar and espresso. Medium in body, but packing punch. The feel is fresh yet firm.— W.E.
Tohu is a wine company owned by New Zealand’s indigenous peoples, the Maori. The wines have been mixed over the years, but this is an excellent bottling. It boasts a full, ample mouthfeel and plenty of supple tannins. Black cherry fruit marries well with complex savory notes, while hints of pomegranate brighten the…— J.C.
Notice the price decrease for this wine, which boasts young cherry, cranberry and herbal notes. There’s even some bacon in there. The palate is snappy and defined by strawberry, while orange peel and pepper notes drive the finish. This wine should hit stride in late 2003/early 2004. Right now it’s a bit young and tangy.— W.E.
A Maori-owned company, Tohu has been crafting solid wines for close to a decade. The 2007 Pinot Noir features standard cherry and cola notes, accented by some darker, coffee-like aromas and flavors. The tannins are negligible, with crisp acids providing the necessary punch on the finish. Drink now.— J.C.
Like many 2005s, this is a considerable step up over the previous vintage, boasting better concentration and ripeness than the somewhat lackluster 2004. While there’s a lot of savory notes of cola, meat and spice to this wine, it gets a lift on the finish from hints of raspberry and vanilla. Drink now.— J.C.
Very typical of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It has piercing green pepper and snap pea aromas along with hints of jalapeño, lychee, passion fruit and grapefruit. There are lively apple and gooseberry flavors, and then comes a tangy tangerine finish. The epitome of a pick it, crush it and tank it white wine.— W.E.
This sums up what Marlborough can do well when it comes to Pinot Noir. Bright cherry fruit is a bit simple, but crisp and appealing, lined with toasty oak elements and finishing long and fruity.— J.C.