Kemp Road Whenua 2009

$45.00 $39.90 inc. GST

Created to celebrate diverse small-production vineyards around New Zealand, the Kemp Road series brings together great artisan winegrowers, whānau, history and the work of a professional artist in one beautiful package. Kemp Road wines are produced in close collaboration with the best artisan winemakers of New Zealand as one-off special edition releases of their favourite wines.

Whenua refers to two interconnected concepts in Maori culture: the land; and the origin of people. In the same way, the Kemp Road series is about the bringing-together of people and place: a celebration of diversity, Whanau, and artisan winemaking. 


94/100 – Bob Campbell MW

“A blend of cabernet, merlot and malbec with ripe berry, spice, plum and nutty oak flavours. Elegant wine that is showing the benefit of a little bottle age with integrated flavours and a pleasingly smooth texture. A stylish red that’s good drinking now but will continue to develop well. Drink: 2018 to 2024.” – Bob Campbell MW

“What a treat it is to be able to enjoy a cabernet-dominant wine with nine years from harvest. To experience how those flavours are entering the secondary spectrum of leather, cigar box, prune, espresso and soft chocolate, in place of the primary berries, spice and super-grippy tannins of the early parts of its life. Smooth, juicy, chocolatey and ageing beautifully. It’s at its peak drinking now, succulent and juicy. Sip with: old school steak and kidney pie.” – Yvonne Lorkin, NZ Herald

Tasting Note: Vibrant ruby red with no signs of age. The nose is explosive, with dark spice and herbal lift over the still-alive red fruit. A strong savoury, gamey component faintly hints at secondary characteristics. The palate is open and enveloping, still fresh with an attack of plum and cedar. The finish is lengthy and opulent, caressing with gentle, beautifully integrated tannins and a decent prickle of acidity. The power of this wine is obvious despite its age, sitting just within its optimum drinking window and at peak pleasurability.

Winemaking Notes: Composition: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 22% Malbec. All varieties were harvested separately from vineyards around Gimblett Road. The fruit was de-stemmed with minimal crushing and transferred  to closed fermenters. Warm fermentation on skins for maximum colour, aroma and flavour extraction. Aged in French and American barriques for 18 months.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Varietal: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 22% Malbec

Region: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand


This wine is not COLA approved and shipment to the US may be delayed. We will be in touch to confirm a time frame. 

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