A limited 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. This Syrah was fermented in barrel, before enjoying extended élevage and maturing for 24 months in premium French oak before resting in bottle.
This wine can be enjoyed in its youth, but has the pedigree to improve for years to come. Only 600 bottles produced.
138 in stock (can be backordered)
Supremely elegant wine with cedar, dark berry, tobacco leaf, black pepper, old leather, ‘forest floor’ and dried herb flavours. Showing the benefit of bottle age but with plenty of potential to become even more interesting with further careful cellaring.
<strong>96 Points / 5 stars – Bob Campbell MW 08 DEC 2021</strong>
Sugar: <1 g/l
Allergen info: Contains sulphites. No egg/fish has been used in production.
2015 was a great vintage here in the valley, though cool conditions through spring flowering did thin our volumes, the remaining fruit that developed through the long hot summer was beautifully concentrated.