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  • Handpicked parcels at the peak of ripeness from bid April to early May.
  • All wine was barrel-aged in French oak, about 64% new, for circa 34 months before final blending.
  • Less than 4300 bottles produced

Tasting Notes

Colour Dark Red
Nose Predominantly Cabernet Franc with wonderful perfume and spicy complexity.
Palate Dense but not heavy. It defines subtle power. Very seductive red indeed. Should cellar well. Layers of fruit, spice and hints of floral.
Food Pairing Pot-Roasted Lamb Shanks with Cannellini Beans.
Cellaring 3-5 Years
Notes Great combine of Merlot, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. rown and produced entirely on the property, the wines are gaining recognition as serious contenders to the best right bank Bordeaux.
Variety Red Blends
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2013
Region Auckland
Country New Zealand
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
The Auckland region was home to the Dalmatian immigrants who settled in West Auckland in the early part of the 20th Century, bringing with them winemaking traditions. The New Zealand wine industry largely owes its beginnings to those early settlers.

Most of the wineries are around 45 minutes drive from the city of Auckland, so the region is popular for day trippers. Auckland’s climate in general isn't ideally suited to grape cultivation, but small pockets or sub-regions exist where micro-climates can produce some world-class wines. The region typically gets enough sunshine for the harvest, but rain is the constant threat, especially in spring and summer.

The red varieties that work the best in the region are the Bordeaux styled varieties made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and also the non-Bordeaux Syrah. Most notable of the whites grown in the region is Chardonnay, for which Kumeu River is very highly regarded.


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