Tironui 2015 and 2016 Malbec Merlot Cabernet Blends


Tironui Estate is the Hawke’s Bay wine venture of Richard and Jennifer Brown who purchased land in 1999 just below ‘Sugarloaf’ in Taradale. They planted Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines in 2002 producing a first harvest of 200 bottles in 2002. The Browns have Blake Herbison and Grant Russell tending the vines and Chris Harrison of Beach House as their winemaker. Using only estate fruit, only up to 375 dozen wine will be made annually, this primarily being the co-fermented Malbec/Merlot/Cabernet blend, made in the proportions as the harvest has given. The Browns have had a Merlot-only wine made in 2015, and a delicious rosé which I rated 5-stars in the 2017 vintage. Here I review the 2015 and 2016 of the Malbec-based primary red. I believe these are the best of the Tironui red releases to date. www.tironuiestate.com


  • Tironui Estate Hawke’s Bay Malbec/Merlot/Cabernet 2015
  • Tironui Estate Hawke’s Bay Malbec/Merlot/Cabernet 2016

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