(con­tin­ued) 95–97pts

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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%

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