Te Motu Waiheke Island 2012 and 2010

14-Mar-2017
Te Motu is the Waiheke Island wine venture of the Dunleavy family who purchased 12 ha of land in the Onetangi Valley in 1988, producing their first wine, a Bordeaux-varietal red in 1993. There is a three generational involvement in the business which saw a period of outside ownership between 2011 and 2013, but has continued maintaining the production of the Cabernet Sauvignon-based flagship throughout. Te Motu has undergone revitalisation, and in addition to the top ‘Te Motu’ wine, there are the ‘Kokoro’ Merlot-based and ‘Tipua’ Cabernet Franc bottlings in addition to single vineyard and the ‘Dunleavy’ varietal wines. The style is that of classicism. Here, I review the 2012 and 2010 vintages of ‘Te Motu’. The 2010 growing season on Waiheke was hot and dry, giving wines of good ripeness, weight and concentration, while the 2012 vintage was not quite as settled, being somewhat cooler and wetter, with more variation, the wines generally elegant with approachability. www.temotu.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Te Motu Waiheke Island 2012
  • Te Motu Waiheke Island 2010

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