Importer Connoisseur Estates has added New Zealand producer Tohu to its portfolio and will pour the wines at the upcoming SITT tastings in Manchester and London.

Tohu joins a stable that includes Oldenburg Vineyards from South Africa, Gauchezco Wines from Argentina, Château d’Anglès from La Clape in the Languedoc and Champagne Autreau.

Connoisseur Estates director Andrew Steel said: “With all the changes taking place in the retail landscape right now in the UK, independents have a golden opportunity to enhance their position and that is why we are increasing our offer to them by adding to our range with Tohu, which we will be showing for the first time at SITT next week.”

Tohu is part of a Māori-owned business that manages the sustainable use of ancestral lands. The winemaker is Bruce Taylor and the range consists of single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir with a UK rrps starting at £13.99.

A limited-production Reserve range includes an oaked Sauvignon Blanc, Méthode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs and Noble Riesling.

Tohu’s sister brand Aronui Wines is produced from the Whenua Matua vineyard in the Upper Moutere in Nelson and includes a single vineyard Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc as well as aromatic varietals including an Albariño, all with a RRP from £13.99.

Steel has just bolstered his team with the appointments of Tom Barton, who has 10 years’ sales experience at firms including Codorníu and Berkmann, as sales manager for the south of England, and Stuart George, who has spent 20 years working in the wine trade and has been appointed to develop Connoisseur Estate’s push into the central London retail sector.

Steel said: “With premium quality wine, excellent customer service and true value for the consumer, in my view the independent sector is poised for excellent growth this year and we are ready to help them achieve it.”