What a blend, what a wine! Waiheke Island benefits from perfect growing conditions for cool climate winemaking, with warm summers tempered by a maritime breeze, lean soils, and long, mild autumns. This low-vigour environment produces small but concentrated yields of ripe fruit with intense flavours.
These classic Bordeaux varieties were planted on the coastal hills of the Onetangi Valley in 1993, with the single objective of producing a great Bordeaux-style red. Plots are vinified separately with smallest batches fermented in open top fermenters with twice daily plunging to enhance extraction and structure, wines are then matured in French barriques (20% new). Deep crimson in colour, the complex nose is inviting with layers of cassis, black cherry, herbs and cedar. Medium bodied, the warm palate is full of ripe black and red fruits with underlying spice. This wine has a fantastic structure; fine tannins and a well-balanced acidity provide a lingering, velvety finish.