A limited library release of ultra-premium Syrah, from a strong Waiheke Island vintage.
Named in dedication to Margaret Dunleavy, the green-fingered mother of eleven, Kuikui means ‘the matriarch’ in Maori. As her children planted vines in the Onetangi Valley, she placed and nurtured the rose bushes at the end of each row.
Kuikui represents the best expression of Syrah our estate will produce.
Hand-harvested from low-yielding vines, with an obsessive level of fruit sorting. Only 600 bottles produced, with less than 300 bottles in the final allocation.
98 in stock
Last tasted in 2016 when I suggested this wine might be at its peak. I was clearly wrong. It is certainly showing forest floor, Bovril bottle age characters but it is delicious (if you like bottle-aged red wine). Cedar, old books, old leather and Christmas cake flavours. A real treat.
<strong>96 Points / 5 stars – Bob Campbell MW 26 JAN 2023</strong>
Sugar: <1 g/l
Allergen info: Contains sulphites. No egg/fish has been used in production.
The 2009 growing season on Waiheke was marked by a warm, dry summer that allowed grapes to ripen fully and develop complex flavors. Wines from the vintage are noted for their rich, ripe fruit characters, good structure, and aging potential.