Te Kahu means 'the cloak' in te reo Māori 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. 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.

Harvest Note
A very warm spring brought forward the growing season. A mild summer but with minimal rain days, producing low yields.
Tasting Note
Deep crimson red with a concentrated nose of cassis, black olive and dried tobacco. The wine has a lovely energy amplifying the red fruits and liquorice characters framed by dark chocolate laced tannins. Classical structure and a perfect example of a Bordeaux style blend from the Gimblett Gravels.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 49% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
APPELLATION: Gimblett Gravels
PH: 3.57
ABV: 14%
AGING: 16 months in oak barriques, 18% new
Unique Selling Points
  • Gimblett Gravels is known as New Zealand's best terroir for Bordeaux blends and Syrah
  • The stony vineyard absorbs the day's heat and radiates it at night, helping ripeness.

About the Grape

Merlot makes plump, succulent wines to drink young or opulently massive wines for aging. Has silky, blackberry and currant fruit, with spice, earth, tobacco and chocolate notes, and soft tannins.
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc usually shows tart red cherry and wild currant aromas and flavors with an herbal, spicy character. In the Loire, esp. Chinon and Saumur-Champigny, this grape shows firm minerality.
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
Well-made Malbec is a dark, perfumed wine with rich, blackberry and damson plum fruit, aromas of violets and tobacco, and ripe, juicy tannins. In France, may be mineral, structured and austere.
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