Dunleavy Cabernet Merlot 2014, Te Motu ‘Kokoro’ 2013 and Te Motu 2009

The Dunleavy family have owned vineyard land on Waiheke Island since 1988, producing their first wine with the Te Motu 1993. The Bordeaux-styled wine was the forerunner to a long series of classically styled reds that have added to the strength of Waiheke Island in producing Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wines, and Te Motu continues the tradition to date. The vineyard was sold in 2011, but repurchased by the Dunleavy and Poland families just two years later in 2013. Since then we have seen a revitalised operation with John Dunleavy in charge of viticulture and winemaking, and the introduction of the ‘Kokoro’ Merlot-dominant and the ‘Tipua’ Cabernet Franc dominant wines. Along with the second ‘Dunleavy’ brand in the portfolio, Te Motu is a well-rounded, but focussed producer. Here, I review the new 2014 Dunleavy Cabernet/Merlot, 2013 ‘Kokoro’ and 2009 Te Motu red. www.temotu.co.nz


  • Dunleavy Waiheke Island Cabernet/Merlot 2014
  • Te Motu ‘Kokoro’ Waiheke Island 2013
  • Te Motu Waiheke Island 2009

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