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An exciting opportunity for the wine and hospitality
sectors of New Zealand has once again become
available to all wine and service professionals.
WHEN AND WHERE
Introductory Course and exams May 26th - 28th 2018:
Certified Sommelier Exams May 28th:
Kono, the Māori-owned family business based in Te Tau Ihu at the top of
the South Island, is bringing its namesake wine brand, Kono Wines, back
to Aotearoa, after gaining accolades in export markets all over the world.
“Kono Wines have long been enjoyed by overseas consumers and lauded
by international wine writers and we thought the time was right to make
our Kono Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir available here in Aotearoa,” says
Kono CEO, Rachel Taulelei. “We know that both wines are fantastic matched
with food and enjoyed with friends, which is why they will be available on-
premise at great restaurants, cafés and bars throughout Aotearoa.”
Kono is an indigenous food and drinks producer with a global focus and
last year the company launched its new ‘K’ icon for
Kono. “This gave us the opportunity to reinforce what
is important to us as company, including our values
of manaakitangaki and kaitiakitanga. These values
encompass hospitality, generosity, kindness and taking
care of both people and the land,” says Taulelei. “Our
icon speaks of who we are, our rich legacy steeped
in a culture that nourishes our land and people in
sustainable ways. We’re really proud to have it front
and centre on our Kono wines.”
Bruce Taylor, Chief Winemaker for Kono, says
the Kono Sauvignon Blanc is arguably the most
successful wine the company has ever produced.
“It has consistently received prestigious accolades
for its distinctive and vibrant style,” he says. “Making
the cover of influential US magazine Wine Spectator
in 2010 prompted a flurry of sales in the States.
The wine has had numerous top 100 appearances,
including being voted ‘Best Buy’ five times in the top
100 in the US market. 90+ point scores and Gold
Medals from wine shows from San Francisco to
Berlin followed,” says Taylor.
Kono Sauvignon Blanc is a classic Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc with vibrant, fresh flavours and
aromatics bursting from the glass. All the characteristics that have made
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc world famous can be found in the Kono
Sauvignon; fresh-cut grass, passionfruit pulp, pink grapefruit and zingy
citrus acidity, wrapped up in a full-flavoured palate with powerful fruit
intensity and a long, dry finish.
“Made to be enjoyed early, our Kono Sauvignon Blanc is created with
pride by our small team of vineyard managers and winemakers, and
bottled early to preserve all the purity that is expected from Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc,” says Taylor.
And he is equally proud of the Kono Pinot Noir. “I’ve been trying
the 2016 Kono Pinot Noir today and that is some
awesome Pinot,” he says. “It’s still showing lots of
fresh fruit in the dark spectrum; black Doris plums
and cherry, with some bright raspberry notes.
“The nose has all that fruit, balanced up with
quality French oak in a supporting role with a gamey
undercurrent lending complexity and a touch of dried
thyme and cigar box secondary characters.
“Bright medium colour, vibrant with an opaque core
the palate delivers a smooth elegant mouth feel with
lovely persistence. Soft tannins and smooth mid palate
with a fresh acidity to provide focus,” says Taylor.
Taylor believes the Kono Pinot Noir encapsulates the
best characteristics of two of their premium vineyards
from the higher altitudes of the Awatere Valley and the
rolling clay hills of the Upper Moutere in the Nelson
region. Dark fruits and lifted violet florals married up
with dried herbal complexity, this wine is a unique blend
of two great Pinot Noir areas of Aotearoa.
Rachel Taulelei says Kono is looking forward
to everyone having the opportunity to enjoy these
wines with their whānau and friends. “It’s another
opportunity for us to tell the story of Kono, and our
love for the land and respect for the sea,” she says. n
Kono Wines comes home to Aotearoa
Kono vineyard, Awatere Valley, Marlborough
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