Te Motu 1999 – 2007, Kokoro 2012 and Tipua 2013

The Dunleavy family with a long involvement in the New Zealand wine industry established Te Motu in the Onetangi Valley on Waiheke Island when they purchased 12 ha of land in 1988, planting vines in 1989, to produce their first vintage of a Bordeaux-styled red in 1993. Following over a decade of ownership, Te Motu was sold in 2011, but repurchased by the Dunleavy and Poland families in 2013, with the plans to expand. John Dunleavy has overseen the viticulture and winemaking from the start and evolved the styles and portfolio for over two decades. Here, I review a selection of wines making a vertical tasting of the principal Cabernet Sauvignon dominant Te Motu label, from 1999 to 2007, plus the Merlot-based ‘Kokoro from 2012 and the Cabernet Franc ‘Tipua’ from 2013. The wines are elegant and classically refreshing in style, not pandering to the fads of over-ripeness, over-extraction and over-oaking, but allowing the natural fruit expression to speak. www.temotu.co.nz


  • Te Motu Waiheke Island 1999
  • Te Motu Waiheke Island 2000
  • Te Motu Waiheke Island 2004
  • Te Motu Waiheke Island 2005
  • Te Motu Waiheke Island 2006
  • Te Motu Waiheke Island 2007
  • Te Motu ‘Kokoro’ Waiheke Island 2012
  • Te Motu ‘Tipua’ Waiheke Island 2013

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