Gimblett Gravels Vineyard
'Te Kahu'

  • Variety:

    69% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Franc

  • Location:

  • Vintage Details:

    Warm, La Niña Summer

    Brix:   22.3 average 
    Production level: 72 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 10%


  • Winemaking:

    Whole bunch:  0%    
    Destemmed:  100%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Stainless steel tanks  
    Fermentation:    Inoculated  
    Barrel type:    Oak barriques  
    New barrel %:   19%   
    Maturation:  13 months  
    Fining:    Yes  
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Nov-12


    Alcohol:    12.8
    Residual sugar:    <1 g/l
    pH:    3.64
    Acidity: 5.1 g/l

  • Tasting Notes:

    Vibrant deep colour with purple hues. Fresh aromatics of dark cherry, plum and dried herbs. The palate is lithe with balanced acidity and rich tannin providng a youthful backbone to the lovely sweet fruited core.

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  • How it's Drinking:

    Recommended Cellaring: 1-8 years from vintage

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Gimblett Gravels Vineyard <br>
Te kahu means 'the cloak' in Te Reo Maori and refers to the mist that envelops our Giants Winery in the Tuki Tuki Valley.

Legend has it that this mist was used to protect a mythical Maori maiden from the sun as she visited her lover Te Mata.

The proportions of the blend change most vintages to reflect conditions of the year and to ensure that we meet a certain 'house style'. It is a wine of richness with an abundance of black fruit flavours and a long structured finish complete with dusty tannins of the area.