Te Kahu

2015 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard
Hawke's Bay

Te Kahu

2015 - Gimblett Gravels Vineyard , Hawke's Bay

This is a wine of richness and an abundance of black fruit flavours and a long structured finish.

$29.95

Cancel If you place your order between the 21st December 2017 and 8th January 2018 your order will not be dispatched until 9th January 2018 - this is due to our warehouse being closed for the Christmas period. We are apologising for the inconvenience.

$29.95

Cancel If you place your order between the 21st December 2017 and 8th January 2018 your order will not be dispatched until 9th January 2018 - this is due to our warehouse being closed for the Christmas period. We are apologising for the inconvenience.

This is a wine of richness and an abundance of black fruit flavours and a long structured finish.

Black fruit intensity

Black fruit intensity

Te Kahu means 'the cloak' in te reo Maori and refers to the mist that envelops Giants Winery in the Tukituki 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.

About

92 Points

"Merlot-dominant blend with some Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Fresh and focused with a lovely gravelly edge to the lovely expressive red and black fruits. It’s really assured and harmonious with mid weight fruit working in harmony with the structure."

Jamie Goode

January 2017

2015

Deep crimson red. Complex aromatics of ripe plum, a touch of cassis, fresh rosemary and roasted meats. The palate is generous and approachable but also has a high level of sophistication with fine grained tannins enveloping a dense body of succulent black fruits.

Rich red meat dishes

1 to 12 years from vintage

Warm and early, excellent

23.8 average

49 hl/ha average

20%

100%

Closed top stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

Oak barriques

2014

68% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc

Vibrant deep garnet colour. Inviting aromas of cassis, ripe plum, rosemary, and cedar meld together. A lovely richness of fruit warms the palate with youthful finely textured dusty tannins carrying the wine long to a classic dry finish.

Rich red meat dishes

1-10 years from vintage

Warm and early, excellent

23.2 average

62 hl/ha

15%

100%

Closed top stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

Oak barriques, 28% new barrel

2013

73% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc

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.

Rich red meat dishes

1-10 years from vintage

Warm and dry, excellent

23.7 average

77 hl/ha

15%

100%

Open stainless steel tanks and French oak barriques

Inoculated

Oak barriques, 15% new barrel

2012

91% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec

Vibrant deep colour with purple hues. Lifted aromatics of violets, boysenberry, sandalwood and a touch of cinnamon. A well-rounded elegant palate with fine grain tannins providing refreshing length to a soft red fruited core.

Red meat dishes

1-7 years from vintage

Cool and wet, late ripening

21.5 average

73 hl/ha

85%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 32% new barrel

2011

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

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.

Beef

1-8 years from vintage

Warm, La Niña Summer

22.3 average

72 hl/ha

10%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

Oak barriques, 19% new barrel

2010

80% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec

Dark colour. Bold aromatics of black fruits. Boysenberry, blackberry and plum dominate the subtle varietal aromatics of fresh mint and thyme with some cinnamon showing from its time in oak. The palate is fresh and lively. Lovely fine tannins surround a ripe core of sweet fruit with good acidity providing balance and length.

Rich red meat dishes

1-10 years from vintage

Cold, wet start followed by dry but cooler conditions

23.4 average

47 hl/ha

15%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 28% new barrel

2009

80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec

Opaque core with garnet rim. Blackberry and briar notes combined with cedar and tobacco form a classic aromatic profile from these Bordeaux varieties. Layers of fine dusty tannin are supported by opulent dark fruits. The incredibly long finish continuously builds in intensity.

Rich red meat dishes

1-10 years from vintage

Sunny and warm, outstanding

23.9 average

40 hl/ha

50%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 22% new barrel

2008

64% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec

Very dark colour. Blackberry, cinnamon, sandalwood, and oyster shell-like minerality mesh for an intense and complex aromatic profile. Layers of fine tannin lend tension to the opulent fruit flavours and provide the framework for the long and intense finish.

Rich red meat dishes

7 years from vintage

Warm and dry, very good

23.8 average

41 hl/ha

100%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 49% new barrel

2007

54% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot

Opaque core with a dark garnet coloured rim. A complex array of fruit - blackberry, blueberry and plum, dried herbs such as thyme and spice in the form of aniseed, with hints of earth and camphor. Equally as complex on the palate, yet meshed by savoury tannins and balanced acidity. Very long.

Venison and lamb dishes

10 years from vintage

Warm, very good

24.1 average

64 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 20% new barrel

2006

58% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec

Opaque colour with crimson hues. Ripe blackberry, sandalwood and camphor aromas abound. Dusty mineral notes combine with opulent black fruits on a palate that is thick with layers of taut, fine tannins, giving a firm structure for the rich, highly spiced fruit to flow into a complex finish.

Rich red meat and game dishes

15 years from vintage

Warm, very good

23.9 average

54 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 51% new barrel

2005

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

Dense garnet colour with vivid purple hues. Dark plum and cassis fruits dominate the nose, supported by cedar, thyme and vanilla characters. Deep weighty fruit on the palate is supported by layers of ripe tannin, soft natural acids and a rich long finish. The structure is harmonious and long, the wine is complete; fragrant, ripe yet finely balanced.

Beef

10 years from vintage

Classic red vintage in all aspects

24.2 average

69 hl/ha

100%

100%

Closed stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 55% new barrel

2004

77% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc

Opaque garnet core with youthful crimson hues. Aromas of ripe plum and fruit cake characters neatly meshed with sandalwood and spicy cinnamon overtones. The overall aromatic impression is one of brooding complexity. Fine layers of mouth-filling tannin provide the texture and structure to support ample fruit flesh. Natural acidity completes this seamless integration, resulting in wine with uncommon length and power.

Red meats

7-10 years from vintage

Cool, low yielding, classic

23.6 - 24.3 average

60 hl/ha

100%

100%

Stainless steel tanks

Inoculated

French oak barriques, 60% new barrel

GIMBLETT GRAVELS VINEYARD

GIMBLETT GRAVELS VINEYARD

Hawke's Bay

39° 35' 57.2"S

176° 44' 5.6"E

In 1876, great floods swept through Hawke's Bay. When they subsided, the Ngaruroro River had changed its course and a vista of gravel was left behind in a warm, sun-filled valley, greened lightly with spring rain. On the right bank of this old river is a collection of different soil mixes, stone and mineral rich, ideal for growing Syrah, Bordeaux-style reds and Chardonnay.