Te Motu 2013
$175.00 inc. GST
“This Waiheke Island red is grown at Onetangi, over the fence from Stonyridge. Compared to its neighbour, it has typically been less opulent than Larose, in a more earthy, slightly leafy style.” – Michael Cooper, 2017
97/100 – Bob Campbell MW
5 stars – Michael Cooper
19.0+/20 (5 stars) – Raymond Chan
“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
“The youthful, fruit-packed 2013 vintage 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
“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
Tasting Note: The results of a perfect harvest. Deeply concentrated dark fruits, mocha, hints of cedar. A balanced palate of lively acidity, and fine grained tannins.
Winemaking Notes: 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.
Varietal: Bordeaux blend
Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand