Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 'Te Kahu'

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  • Vintage Details:

    Warm, Warm and dry, excellent 

    Brix:   23.7 average 
    Production level: 77 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 15%


  • Winemaking:

    Whole bunch:  0%    
    Destemmed:  100%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Open stainless steel tanks and French oak barriques 
    Fermentation:    Inoculated  
    Barrel type:    Oak barriques  
    New barrel %:   15%   
    Maturation:  17 months  
    Fining:    Yes  
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Dec-14


    Alcohol:    13.3
    Residual sugar:    Nil
    pH:    3.55
    Acidity: 5.8 g/l

  • Tasting Notes:

    Vibrant deep garnet colour. Enticing aromas of dark plums and cassis meld with those of nutmeg, tobacco and sandalwood in a classically composed nose. The palate is rich and yet quietly composed, with layers of flavour and tannin linked by fine acidity and the refined dusty tannins of the gravels. Finishes dry and long.

  • Food Match:

     Rich red meat dishes 

  • How it's Drinking:

    Recommended cellaring: 1 to 10 years from vintage.

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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.