As you walk through the vineyards at O:TU wines, you can hear the waves crashing to shore at the Clifford Bay surf spot just a stone’s throw away. No wonder this attracted acclaimed international winemaker Jan Kux just had to make wine here. While the initial focus was quite rightly on the premium Sauvignon Blanc, the Pinot Noir now demands attention, with both wines pushing the boundaries of what has traditionally come out of Marlborough.
These guys do things differently, like release vintages a little later than other New Zealand producers as they believe it creates wines with depth and structure which ultimately enhances the unique characteristics of O:TU wine.
This is a special place and O:TU wines move to their own beat.
O:TU’s six vineyard blocks are found in the south-eastern Awatere Valley in Marlborough, on the banks of the Otuwhero (Oh-too-fero) river.
“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.