O:TU Wines from the Awatere Valley: bold and uncompromised Marlborough wines - Modern : Audacious : Compelling.O:TU does not take the typical Marlborough approach: our winemaker has a truly European perspective and with extended lees contact and stirring, our wine delivers nuanced flavours and finer textures. We are proudly Awatere; champions for a Marlborough style that isn’t a follower, but offers a genuine difference. A style that provides a relevant and increasingly essential extension to a wine category that continues to grow its global audience. O:TU wine is truly distinctive, always memorable and deeply satisfying.
Awatere Valley, Marlborough; Hawkes Bay
Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Gris Pinot Noir Merlot
O:TU's Winemaker - Jan Kux. Based in Switzerland with his wife and two children, Jan will now call New Zealand home for half of the year with his new role in O:TU.Seduced by the vineJan studied at Geisenheim, Germany and Bordeaux, France. He spent his summers as a tour guide in France where he was eventually seduced by the winemaking industry and his legal career was replaced with a life amongst the vines.Pushing the boundariesThe intention with O:TU is to create wines that push the boundaries of what has traditionally come out of Marlborough.“The Awatere Valley vineyard terroir is outstanding, producing fruit that has bold flavour even by Marlborough standards. Our vision is to take that fruit and craft bold, distinctive wines, using the Old World winemaking techniques I have learned at some of the great vineyards of Europe.” says Jan."
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