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

  • View Reviews of Wine:

    Date:September 2013
    Publication: Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection
    94 Points
    "Medium deep crimson. Intense black cherry, ginger aromas with herb garden, slightly peppery notes. Sweet red plum, black cherry flavours, supple loose knit, slinky tannins and vanilla oak notes. Finishes lacy firm with plenty of sweet fruit persistence."
    -  Andrew Caillard MW

    Date: September 2013
    4 Stars, 18+ Points
    "This is an elegant refined Merlot-based wine with intensity and harmony."
    -  Raymond Chan

    Date: October 2013
    4.5 Stars, 90 Points
    "Gimblett Gravels Te Kahu has a nose of warm plums, crushed black currants and wild blueberries with nuances of cedar, toast, cloves and dried mint. Very drinkable, delicate, black fruit and spice flavours in the mouth supported by crisp acid and chewy tannins."
    - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Date: May 2014
    Publication: Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
    "A terrific Merlot-based red wine blend that has ample olive, tarragon, and other dried herbs and a tart not tannic mid-palate and finish. This may well be the best value red wine in the world."
    -  Dan Berger


Gimblett Gravels Vineyard
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.