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  • Iconic world-class Bordeaux blend from the renowned Waiheke Island.
  • From winemaker Herb Friedli whose accolades include "Best Syrah in The World".
  • Bob Campbell MW calls it a "very collectible wine".
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Deep Red
Nose An attractive nose with Bordeaux like characteristics of cedar spice, earthy notes and cigar box, with rich, ripe black fruits, balsamic, cassis and violet.
Palate A big, ripe mid-palate with dark plum, black cherry, delicate clove and spiced red apple. Fresh acidity and ripe grainy tannins contribute considerable structural backbone and a lingering finish.
Food Pairing Simple roast lamb & bitter greens.
Cellaring 10-15 Years
Notes This world class "left-bank", Cabernet dominant wine is extremely classy, with all the finesse and structure of some of the iconic Bordeaux reds like St-Estèphe or Chateau Margaux. It almost immediately became one of Waiheke’s most iconic blends. Low yielding vines on steep, North facing hills, environmentally sustainable viticulture and minimal sulfates resulted in a complex, concentrated wine in genuine Bordeaux style. The winemaker, Herb Friedli (formerly of Stonyridge) produced the "Kennedy Point Syrah 2007" which won best Syrah in the world. Sadly, 2015 was the last vintage of The Point due to the vineyard being sold. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec.
Variety Cabernet Blend
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2012
Region Waiheke Island
Country New Zealand
Sustainability Biodynamic
Alcohol 14.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Te Whau Vineyard
Nestled on a point on Waiheke Island, Te Whau Vineyard was first planted in 1996, with its first award-winning wines, ‘The Point’ and Te Whau Chardonnay first made in 1999.



Established by Tony, Moira and Caroline Forsyth, this family affair has gone from strength to strength, with Te Whau Vineyard earning a stellar reputation not only for its wines but also its restaurant, which has amazing views back towards Auckland.
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island is renowned for producing world-class red wines and more recently white wines as well.



Waiheke has become known as New Zealand's "island of wine," home to a dedicated group of winegrowers who have successfully matched the maritime climate and ancient soil structures to the selection of classical grape varieties to produce red and white wines with distinctive varietal character.



The climate is well suited to growing Bordeaux wine-type grapes, though some Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc varieties are also considered to be good.



Waiheke winegrowers regularly win awards for Syrah (Kennedy Point's 2007 Syrah won best Syrah in the world in 2009), proving the island's terroir suits it well.
5/5
points
Michael Cooper
This classy Waiheke Island red flows from a steeply sloping vineyard at Putiki Bay. The 2012 vintage (4.5*) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (52 per cent), Merlot (33 per cent), Cabernet Franc (13 per cent) and Malbec (2 per cent). Fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 16 months in French oak barriques (33 per cent new), it was bottled without fining or filtering. Deeply coloured, it is generous and supple, with rich blackcurrant, herb, spice and nut flavours in a complex, savoury style, showing excellent harmony and medium-term cellaring potential. The 2013 vintage (4.5*) was matured in French oak casks (40 per cent new) for 18 months. Deep and youthful in colour, it is mouthfilling and fleshy, with highly concentrated, plum, spice and nut flavours, a distinct herbal thread, fine-grained tannins, and excellent texture and complexity.
95
points
Bob Campbell MW
2012 was a fairly challenging vintage on Waiheke Island in the North Island generally so my expectations were low. However the wine is a pleasant surprise. It is quite savoury and fairly forward (developed) but I liked the reasonably smooth texture and appealing complexity. Earthy, toasty, dried herb, some floral, cigar box and old leather flavours. Quite Bordeaux-like.

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