Named for the head of Te Motu’s founding family, Terry Dunleavy, Kokoro means ‘the patriarch’ in Maori and ‘the heart of things’ in Japanese.
A Merlot dominant blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah, hand-harvested from low-yielding vines, Kokoro is made in a more forward style to accentuate fruit ripeness and texture, this wine can be enjoyed in its youth but has the pedigree to improve for years to come. Kokoro is released 20 months after vintage.
Vintage 2014 Tasting Notes:
A medium ruby red with slight garnet hue. Aromas of red currant, dark cherry and wild berry intertwine with red rose petal and a subtle vanilla undertone.
The wine has a medium plus body with a lively tannin and acid that works seamlessly in balance. The palate is soft and textural with juicy cherry, red currant and a hint of spice that lingers long after the last sip.
Acidity: 5.3 g/l
Sugar: <1 g/l
Allergen info: Contains sulphites. No egg/fish has been used in production.
A warm and dry spring got things off to a great start in 2013 resulting in good fruit set and crop levels. At times the growing season was up and down with plenty of rainfall in December but becoming dry and settled by mid-January. Fortunately, April was settled and warm and it allowed the grapes to fully ripen with full of flavour and concentration. For those who did not crop thin however, it was a challenging vintage. At Te Motu we cut back crop early and late. As a result, the fruit we picked early – mid April was in magnificent condition.