The flagship wine of the estate: Te Motu is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend with Merlot and Cabernet Franc, hand-harvested from low-yielding vines.
The 2008 Te Motu is a powerful, rich red with a nose full of ripe cherries, blackberries and smoky pipe tobacco. The palate is opulent and redolent of red currants, blackberries and sweet anise spice. Ripe tannins, balancing acidity and a long finish mean this wine will cellar well to 2022+.
95 points by Bob Campbell MW
95 points by Wine Orbit
Acidity: 5.1 g/l
Sugar: <1 g/l
Allergen info: Contains sulphites. No egg/fish has been used in production.
The season started slightly cooler than usual, resulting in slightly lower yields, which only further enhanced the excellent quality of this season’s fruit. It didn’t rain from January until late April, affording us the luxury of picking when grapes were at their best. The harvest was intense, starting on the 28th March and all grapes in by the 7th April. The grapes were harvested in perfect condition, with small bunches and lower than usual juice yields. The resulting wines show excellent concentration and length.