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 2017 Tasting Notes:
Bright ruby red with aromas of fresh raspberry, red cherry, and rose petal intermingle with subtle vanilla and clove. Medium in body with lively acidity and fine-grained tannin.
Fresh red plum bursting on the palate with cherry, toasty oak and hints of white pepper. Tight, elegant, and beautifully balanced, the Kokoro 2017 is approachable now, but has great cellaring potential.
A Merlot dominant blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Malbec. Developed and savoury red with a mix of dark berry, dried herb, spice and nutty oak flavours. A moderately intense wine, with a core of sweet fruit balanced by fine tannins and gentle acidity. 93 points Bob Campbell MW
Acidity: 5.3 g/l
Sugar: <1 g/l
Allergen info: Contains sulphites. No egg/fish has been used in production.
The 2017 growing season started with great, even budburst and strong shoot development. We had a great fruit set and large potential crop, allowing us to be very selective when it came to green harvest. December and January were warm and dry causing the hills to brown and clay to crack. The fruit set and vine health were set up for an exceptional harvest. From February to April Mother Nature changed her tune and it began to rain on and off throughout veraison and ripening giving the viticulture team a lot of challenges. Fortunately for us, having strong growth and a large fruit set prior to the rain, we were able to remove grapes damaged by the weather, and retain enough quality grapes to produce some very smart wines.