Origin : Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Grape Varieties : Merlot
Tasting Note : A deep, ruby red. Concentrated black fruit and plum aromas seamlessly blend with subtle spicy notes. Blackberry, cassis and hints of cocoa. Smooth, silky tannins lead to a supple and generously textured finish.
Food Pairing : Pairs well with chicken and other light meats as well as lightly spiced dark meats.
Vegetarian/Vegan : Yes/No
Alcohol : 13.5% abv
Winery : The first and now largest Maori owned and operated winery in New Zealand.
In centuries past, our people migrated from the north to the south in a series of epic migrations. Arriving in Te Tauihu, the northern South Island of New Zealand between 1820 and 1832, our fires have burnt in this region for almost 200 years. We are the original providores, trading the fruits of our labour from the gardens, forests and waters of Te Tau Ihu.
In the 21st Century we have emerged once again as purveyors of the finest foods and beverages, grown and sourced from the lands and waters that our tūpuna (ancestors) knew. Although our products are now available beyond our shores, we remain a family business – a business of families. We are carriers of a legacy that dates back to the very founding of our nation and custodians of a legacy that stretches forward to the hands of those that will follow after us.
Drawing inspiration from the kono – the basket of produce that our people offer to guests in a tradition of honour and hospitality – our products flow from our culture. They are produced by people with integrity and passion; they are created only from natural, wholesome ingredients from the earth and the seas; they come from places which we know and you can identify, and they are produced in a way that our tupuna would recognise and all of our children will thank us for. Our ‘kono’ is our promise to you, our manuhiri (guests), of the finest quality that nature can provide, now and forever.
Our vineyards are situated at the top of the South Island in the sun-soaked heart of Awatere Valley, Marlborough and Upper Moutere, Nelson. We have a rare combination of mineral rich soils and a coastal climate resulting in fertile lands. True to our winemaking history, we are committed to growing exceptional grapes and exceptional wines.
We have created a style of wine described as both approachable and inclusive, appealing to those who are new to wine but also the true connoisseur.
Our globally acclaimed wine is a true expression of the stunning Marlborough and Nelson region, encapsulating a place and time. We produce wines with robust, fruit flavours and incredible aromatics which have won praise from consumers and critics throughout the world.