Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 2017

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Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 2017

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: New Zealand / Hawkes Bay
Grapes: 66% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc

The fruit for Te Kahu is grown in the Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, which enjoys one of the warmest, driest, most sundrenched climates in New Zealand. Stony gravel in the soil forces the vines to fight for water, giving the grapes a particular vibrancy.

92 Points

Wine & Spirits

2017 vintage
Silver Medal

San Francisco International Wine Competition

2017 vintage
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harvest note

A warm and dry spring and summer in the 2017 growing season gave way to late season rains near harvest time. The grapes were able to develop optimally and most were picked prior to the rainy end of the season.

tasting note

Deepest crimson red. Brooding aromatically with notes of cassis, black olive, dried tobacco and the faintest hint of caramel. The wine has lovely focus on the palate with dark fruits framed by fine tannins to deliver a classical structure with an excellent future ahead.

food pairing

A terrific pairing with all types of rich, red meat dishes, especially stews and grilled steaks.

technical data

GRAPES: 66% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION: Hawkes Bay
PH: 3.66
ACIDITY: 5.44
ABV: 12.75%
AGING: Aged for 17 months in 20% new French oak barriques before fining and filtering

points of distinction

  • A unique location, climate conditions and stony soils that combine to make it the warmest vineyard area in the country.
  • Red wines from the Gimblett Gravels vineyard have a rich, ripe and elegant style, and fine tannins.
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I am fortunate to lead an extraordinary group of people who want to be part of creating something truly magnificent that successive generations can admire and enjoy for years to come. I love our great estates and feel a strong connection to their complexities and subtleties.

– Julian Grounds, Winemaker

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