On a vineyard at the isolated Eastern end of the island, a man laboured tirelessly to build his dream – green grafting vines to create an extraordinary Syrah. Today, his legacy lives on in The Grafter.
Our first red release from the exceptional 2019 vintage.
“Moderately dense Syrah with raspberry, blackberry, cocoa powder, pepper, liquorice and vanilla supported by fine tannins and fruity acidity. Quite a rich, savoury and complex red that has a promising future.”
94 points Drink 2021-2027. Bob Campbell MW
Allergen info: Contains sulphites. No egg/fish has been used in production.
94 Points – Bob Campbell MW
WINE OF THE WEEK Dunleavy The Grafter Waiheke Island Syrah 2019 (*****, $55) From Te Motu, based at Onetangi, this stylish, youthful red was grown at the eastern end of the island and matured for 10 months in French oak barrels. Full-coloured, with a fresh, spicy bouquet, it is mouthfilling, with strong, ripe blackcurrant, plum and black pepper flavours, savoury notes adding complexity, and refined, supple tannins. Already delicious, it has obvious cellaring potential; best drinking 2023+.
5 Stars – Michael Cooper