Our new release, from one of the greatest vintages Waiheke has ever seen.
The flagship wine of our Waiheke Island vineyard, Te Motu is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend with Merlot and Franc, hand harvested from low-yielding vines.
The wine enjoys extended élevage and maturing in premium French oak before beginning a minimum 3 year term resting in bottle. On release, the wine shows elegance, complexity and firm yet supple tannins – the hallmarks of its longevity – and will continue to reward cellaring.
A deeply concentrated nose of black currant and dark plum intertwine with notes of chocolate mocha, toasty cedar, mint and clove spice.
On the palate the concentration continues with layers of dark fruit, mocha, savoury oak toast and Christmas spice.
This rich wine is full bodied and beautifully balanced with fresh acidity and fine grained tannin leaving long lingering flavours after every sip.
97 points / 5 stars – Bob Campbell MW
5 stars – Michael Cooper
5 stars – Raymond Chan
5 stars – Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
“A cabernet sauvignon-dominant blend with merlot and cabernet franc. Dense, elegant and impressive wine from a stellar Waiheke vintage, with an intriguing mix of dried berry fruits, spices, savoury and oak characters. A suave, complex wine with serious cellaring potential”
– Bob Campbell MW 97 points / 5 stars
“The youthful, fruit-packed 2013 vintage (5*) is a standout. It was matured for 20 months in French oak casks (30 per cent new). Deep and youthful in colour, it is highly fragrant, with concentrated blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, complex, savoury, supple and finely poised. An elegant rather than powerful red, it’s already delicious, but likely to be long-lived.”
– Michael Cooper 5 stars
“This has excellent clarity of expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and vibrant, lively fruit flavours of succulent blackcurrant fruit along with blackberries and cassis liqueur. The fruit has real intensity and depth, and forms an elegant, highly concentrated core, unfolding notes of dark plums and mint herbs, along with nutty, pencilly oak. The fruit richness is balanced by considerable structure with flowery tannin extraction. The wine flows with plenty of vitality and underlying acidity leading to a long, fresh, sweet-fruited finish.”
– Raymond Chan 5 stars 19+/20
“This is magnificent; gorgeous aromas of blackcurrant, spiced plum, cigar, cedar and smoked game on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that is superbly weighted and offers excellent depth of flavour. The wine is richly fruited and deeply savoury at the same time, wonderfully framed by silky texture and chalky tannins. Predominantly cabernet sauvignon with merlot, malbec and cabernet franc. At its best: now to 2025.”
– Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) 96 points / 5 stars
Sugar: <1 g/l
Allergen info: Contains sulphites. No egg/fish has been used in production.
2013 was an exceptional vintage. Spring was mild with lower than average rainfall allowing for good fruit set and minimal disease pressure. Summer was long, warm and dry, with absolutely no rainfall from Christmas day till mid April. This allowed the fruit to hang on the vine to full physiological ripeness, producing wines full of complexity, ripe tannins and power that will cellar well for many years to come.