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Dunleavy ‘The Strip’ Cabernet/Merlot 2014

05 July,2017
Owning vineyard land on Waiheke Island since 1988, the Dunleavy family are part of the fabric of the island’s wine history. The 1993 vintage of their ‘flagship’ Te Motu Bordeaux-varietal red was their foray into the super-premium market. The ‘Dunleavy’ brand was introduced as a second-tier wine with greater accessibility and approachability, both from a cost and drinking point of view. The Dunleavy ‘Single Vineyard’ wines are particularly notable. Here, I review the Dunleavy ‘The Strip’ Cabernet/Merlot 2014, the wine made from the family’s vines that border the old Waiheke Island airstrip.


Dunleavy ‘The Strip’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Waiheke Island Cabernet/Merlot 2014

Blended Red from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland

Dark, even, ruby-red colour with black hues, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is elegantly concentrated with good depth and intensity of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit entwined with cassis and dark herb notes, and a suggestion of blackcurrant leaf. The aromatics are fresh and vibrant, unveiling a little nutty, dusty, smoky oak. Medium-full bodied, this has a sweet core of blackcurrant fruit intermixed with notes of blackberries, cassis and dark herbs. The palate is fine in proportion, and the fruit underlined by moderate, grainy tannin structure. Fresh acidity provides firm linearity and energy, and the wine carries to an elegant, slender, but well-flavoured finish of blackcurrants and dark herbs. This is an elegantly concentrated Cabernet/Merlot blend with a sweet core of blackcurrant fruit with cassis and herb notes on a lively, fine-structured palate. Match with herb-marinated lamb and beef dishes over the next 6+ years. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot from the vineyard bordering the Waiheke Island airstrip, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 30% new French oak. 17.5/20 Jul 2017 RRP $45.00
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