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2020 SV Toru


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TORU – (which means “three” in Maori) is an aromatic blend we first created over 12 years ago and was the first of it’s kind in New Zealand. It is a delicious, co-fermented “field blend” of three varieties – Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris. We are passionate about these classic Alsacian varieties and we spent a great deal of time coming up with the right proportions in the blend. We were aiming for a wine that displayed the essence of all three varieties, whilst creating a distinctive and interesting wine in its own right. It has the aromatic spice and weight of Gewürztraminer, the structure and length of Riesling, and the great texture of Pinot Gris.

Tasting Notes

This 2020 Toru has an intriguing nose with notes of mango, fresh citrus, white florals and exotic spices. These lead into a multi-layered palate with flavours of mango, citrus, red apple and lychee with a lingering spiciness.  The palate has excellent fruit concentration and weight with lovely creamy texture, plus a mineral edge which gives it great length of flavour.

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Cameron Douglas MS – 96 Points – 2020 Vintage
Made with Gewurztraminer, Riesling & Pinot Gris – this is an exemplary wine and master class in co-fermentation, style and balance. Aromas and flavours of exotic tropical fruits, fresh citrus and apple, white flowers and spice. Equally intense and fruity on the palate with myriad flavours of fresh white fleshed fruits, citrus and tropical. Refreshing acid line carries flavours and a firm youthful mouthfeel through to a lengthy finish. Best drinking from purchase and through 2025.

Bob Campbell MW – 94 Points  – 2020 Vintage
A field blend of Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris that were co-fermented. A fragrant, appealing wine with a silken texture and deliciously lingering fruit and floral finish. Gewürztraminer is the dominant variety. An impressive wine. Drink 2021–2026

Air New Zealand Fine Wine Selection – Vintages 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
Fantastic bouquet loaded with aromatic spices, citrus and tree fruit flavours showing of apples and d’anjou pear then lemon and whispers of baking spices. Silken tetxures with precise fruit flavours and long finish.

Oz Clarke – 93 points – 2020 Vintage
Brilliant idea – take three pretty lively grape varieties and ferment them all together.  This is a lovely wine – scented, but only just so.  Refreshingly acid, but only just so.  I went back to it after 4 days open, and it had blossomed!!

Sam Kim – 93 points – 2020 Vintage
Offering pristine fruit aromas of apricot, rockmelon and juicy lemon on the nose with hints of spice and floral. The palate delivers excellent weight and succulent fruit intensity backed by rounded mouthfeel and whispering sweetness. It’s vibrant and textural at the same time, leading to a lengthy delectable finish. A blend of gewurztraminer, riesling and pinot gris. Style: Off-dry. At its best: now to 2024.

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