Producer: Te Motu

Variety: Cabernets, Merlot

Vintage: 2000

Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand

RRP: $395 Magnum

ABV: 13%

 

APPEARANCE

  • Clarity: Clear
  • Intensity: Medium
  • Colour: Garnet
  • Other observations: Pale orange rim

NOSE

  • Condition: Clean
  • Intensity: Medium 
  • Aroma characteristics:

Savoury with berry fruits.  Redcurrants, red-cherry, leather, tobacco, baking spice, cigar box, smoky, black tea leaves.

Development: Developing

PALATE

  • Sweetness: Dry
  • Acidity: Medium
  • Tannin: Medium (well integrated, ripe tannins)
  • Alcohol: Medium
  • Body: Medium (+)
  • Flavour intensity: Medium
  • Flavour characteristics:

Red cherry, redcurrant, sour cherry, red plums, cedar, leather, baking spices, herbal - garrigues. 

Other observations:  A rare opportunity to taste a standout 16-year-old Bordeaux blend from Waiheke, showing the tremendous aging potential of this region and the bordeaux grapes.  This wine still has years to go and is still delivering plenty of ripe red-fruits, is concentrated, with elegant tannin structure and well integrated oak. 

  • Finish: Medium (+)

CONCLUSIONS

  • Quality level: Outstanding
  • Level of readiness: Drink now, potential to age further in right conditions (up to 10 years) 
  • n.b. This wine was cellared in a Magnum bottle, slowing the aging process.

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