Our new release, from a classic Waiheke Island vintage.
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.
Our first taste:
96 points Bob Campbell, MW
A cabernet sauvignon-dominant blend with merlot and franc from a very good vintage. Supple, elegant red with seductively sweet cassis and raspberry fruit flavours, plus a seasoning of subtle herbs, spice and classy oak. A fine-grained wine that’s approachable now but has a reputation for ageing well 27 JUN 2019
“Fresh red fruits, tomato leaf, violets and cedar on the nose. Blueberry, grapefruit and a touch of clove and mocha mingle with flavours on the palate. Extremely complex for a young claret style. Well balanced supple tannins with fresh acidity. Drinking extremely well at this time, but will improve until 2028. Decant before serving if drinking before 2025. If only there were more New Zealand Cabernet blends like this? Such charm, elegance and harmony.” – Sam Harrop MW June 2019
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 through flowering resulting in a good fruit set and crop levels. We had plenty of rainfall just at the right time in December but becoming dry and settled by mid-January. From there warm settled weather allowed the grapes to fully ripen. At Te Motu we thinned the crop early and late. As a result, the fruit we picked through early to mid April was in magnificent condition, bursting with flavour and concentration.