Kono, Tohu Single Vineyard, Awatere Valley, Marlborough 2016 96 MB 96 BC 96 CD 96
£14.50-£14.99 Widely available via UK importer Connoisseur Estates Kono, New Zealand’s first Maori-¯owned winery, takes its name from a basket woven from harakeke (New Zealand flax), and its roots lie in the tradition of food being served in these baskets. Such Maori¯ beliefs and traditions are carried throughout the whole process from vine to winery, using ‘kaitiakitanga’, a Maori¯ sustainability system, reducing negative human impact on the land. It’s this philosophy, passed down from their ‘Maori¯ tupuna’ (ancestors), that ensures future generations will continue to enjoy and respect the land.
MB 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.
BC This wine is quite seamless, with a touch of sweet-and-sour character providing beautiful balance. Vibrant, with high energy.
CD 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.
Drink 2017-2023 Alc 13%
Churton, Marlborough 2016
95 MB 95 BC 95 CD 95 £14.95-£15.50 Tanners Churton, established in 1997 by Sam and Mandy Weaver, is a 22ha single vineyard situated on the ridge line between the Omaka and Waihopai valleys in Marlborough. The focus is on four varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Petit Manseng. All the more impressive is the Weavers’ use of biodynamic practices in achieving their philosophy of producing wines that show individuality and depth of quality. To add: this is one of New Zealand’s last examples of wine bottled with a cork closure.
MB This wine is ripe with a dominating palate and length, asparagusheightened savoury aromas, zesty acid in an appealing, food-driven wine. It quite simply has so many lovely elements to it.
BC Weighty, concentrated wine with subtle, nutty lees notes integrated into subdued tree-fruit flavours.
CD There is a noticeable use of cork closure with a cork-wood layer to the bouquet, showing complexity and depth from the natural ferment and the complexities of winemaking. The palate reflects the nose, lovely flavours and length; just dry on the finish, complex.
Drink 2017-2025 Alc 14%